snakes

Feb. 19, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.

68 pythons found — gulp!

Harrison Ford in "Raiders of the Los Ark."
Even if you’re not Indiana Jones, snakes can set your teeth on edge. So, those of us terrified of snakes must tip our fedoras to the brave (or foolhardy?) python hunters of Florida. The 2013 Python Challenge is over, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced that a total of 68 pythons were snared, according to WSVN in Miami. That’s just a drop in the snake bucket. There are estimated to be tens of thousands of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. According to the National Park Service, pythons — one of the largest snake species on Earth — feed on a wide variety of mammals and birds in the Everglades, even gulping down an occasional alligator. The snakes have no known predators. Thousands of pythons are bred in captivity each year in the U.S. to sell […]
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