May 13, 2011

Plenty of pythons, plus or minus

Talk about leaving a lot of wiggle room in an estimate …

No pun intended.

Dead python fished out of the Tamiami Canal, February 2010

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that there anywhere between 5,000 and 100,000 Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. (Click here to read more.) That’s one wide range, but so is the size of the Everglades. It gives them plenty of room to range free as far as they can slither, by both water and dry land, and – although hope against hope we crossed our fingers that it wasn’t the case – in warm weather and in cold.

Although the cold weather did knock them back a bit.

The one in the photograph was from two Februaries ago in the midst of a record cold winter. A colleague fished it from the canal with a treble hook, then it took three of us, maybe more, to carry it back to a cooler ... where it eventually got iced.

That thing was heavy!


The Florida Blogger said...

So, what will you do with this bugger?

Ciss B said...

I hate snakes! You need colder winter to kill them - right? LOL!