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April 1st, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Where did all the pythons go?

(CNN) – Today we have a follow-up to a story we brought you a while ago: the plight of the Burmese python in south Florida.

Efforts to control the population of the fast-breeding predators were underway this year until mother nature apparently decided to step in and do the job herself. Our John Zarrella has the report.


Filed under: Environment
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Eileen Fay

    Human stupidity and arrogance triumphs yet again!

    The story says that Nature "took care of" the python problem. Why does it not mention the fact that "Nature" had nothing to do with the problem starting in the first place? It was greedy humans who wrongly and cruelly import and sell "exotic" animals for the idiotic humans who want to feel special and powerful because they have such an amazing animal in their control. Such vanity!

    The poor pythons pay the price when the stupid owners decide they are too much trouble to keep and recklessly dump them in the wild. Then many other animals, including some pets, suffer by being eaten by the perfectly naturally-behaving snakes. Once in a while a human suffers, like the toddler whose stupid mother's stupider boyfriend had a pet python. Then, the humans have the gall to blame the SNAKE!! Unbelievable cretins!

    When will humans get it through their thick heads that animals deserve to be left alone in their natural environment, not kidnapped and brought to a new and bad one?? It is cruel and meddlesome. Do you want to be taken from YOUR home? Put yourself in their place, IF you have any empathy and imagination that is. Then try to realize how unkind it is to remove them from their natural homes.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife woman shown in this report says they are "thrilled" that maybe 50% of the pythins died in the cold winter. Nice way to show compassion, lady! Would you feel that way about YOUR friends or family?

    We have no more moral right to live freely than other animals do. Leave wild animals alone!!!

    April 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  2. joe tola

    are any of the burmese python that were checked by the cold weather found dead or littering the highways.???

    April 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  3. Tom

    I know. Blame Bush!! That's what you do when you don't have an intelligent response to something.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  4. Gumbasha

    can someone tell us what happened to them? HOW did Mother Nature "fix the problem"?? someone please EXPLAIN/ANSWER, thanks.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  5. Terry W. Brookman

    Te planet always wins, something we humans need to keep in mind.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  6. Bud

    Saying this is only an issue in south florida, oh well. that happens to be where the everglades are and these snakes are killing the wildlife. I hope the "snakes" that let these snakes go get their just do

    April 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  7. Patrick

    Sorry guys...they're still out there. Guys on airboats are still seeing them. Yes, they took a hit, but it wasn't an eradication by any means.

    April 2, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  8. dj

    They are stealthily moving into the warm water of our suburban sewers, working their way towards the planes!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  9. ChileGirl

    Sadly, as Jason mentioned, this is a very short-term fix. The seriously frigid temps experienced in south Florida this winter are very rare and the snakes are extremely prolific, clutching up to 36 eggs at a time. Best thing to do is continue hunting them and put a decent bounty on the females. Also, make GPS chipping mandatory on ALL exotics bred or sold in Florida.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  10. Haildar

    Mitchell is right they are the Party of " No" and those who are ashamed to call themselves republicans now call themselves the so called 'teapartyers' without the tea and no partying.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  11. Billy

    The problem will continue as the same or different morons will
    continue to release a "PET" they should have never owned in the first place. Mother nature will also continue to solve the problem.
    It is a sign of the times.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  12. Jason in CA

    Looks like the snake problem in FL is fixed... temporarily.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Mitchell

    If you want to know where all the snakes went just take a look at congress.

    April 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  14. Deb A

    This just goes to show that what the people in the reptile community, both hobbyists and scientists alike, have been saying is true. This is ONLY an issue in S. Florida and they could never move further into the country because of the lower temperatures.

    It would be nice if CNN could get their photos and species correct though. There were at least two boa constrictors shown in that video along with burmese pythons. Along with that, saying "python" when what you actually mean is a burmese python is like saying "dogs" are a problem when you mean "chihuahuas".

    April 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm |