• The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 26 years!

    Join tens of thousands of other owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered!
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $14,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $14 Million dollars
  • Follow the TUG Member Banner as it travels the world on vacation with Timeshare owners! Also sign up to get the banner sent to you so you can submit a photo of your vacation with the banner to share with TUG! Banner Thread
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free! Join tens of thousands of other owners who get this every week! Latest resort reviews and the most important topics discussed by owners during the week!
  • Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    Read more Here
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

Burmese python caught while swimming in Florida bay

"Roger"

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
2,779
Reaction score
374
Points
318
Yuck!! Maybe this is why some Tuggers object to Rich's posts.

(Said tongue in cheek.)
 

clifffaith

TUG Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2016
Messages
2,746
Reaction score
2,170
Points
298
Location
San Pedro, CA
This one wouldn't load completely to the end on my iPad, so I made a note to check when I was on my office computer to make sure he killed the thing. Ugh!
 

DaveNW

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2006
Messages
13,558
Reaction score
8,718
Points
748
Location
North of Seattle
Resorts Owned
WorldMark
This one wouldn't load completely to the end on my iPad, so I made a note to check when I was on my office computer to make sure he killed the thing. Ugh!
“Iannotta pulled the snake onto the boat with a gaff, killing it. He put the snake on ice and disposed of it once he reached shore at the end of the day.”

Dave
 

Passepartout

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
22,492
Reaction score
6,735
Points
799
Location
Twin Falls, Eye-Duh-Hoe
That's it. I'm done. No getting near water in Florida for me. Nope. Uh-uh. Not with snakes in the water. Not me.

Jim
 

DaveNW

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2006
Messages
13,558
Reaction score
8,718
Points
748
Location
North of Seattle
Resorts Owned
WorldMark
That's it. I'm done. No getting near water in Florida for me. Nope. Uh-uh. Not with snakes in the water. Not me.

Jim
Seriously? You know snakes everywhere swim, right? Not just Florida. A python swimming in Florida is less likely to bite anything than a python on solid ground. Or in a tree. Are you going to stop climbing trees? ;)

Dave
 

clifffaith

TUG Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2016
Messages
2,746
Reaction score
2,170
Points
298
Location
San Pedro, CA
Seriously? You know snakes everywhere swim, right? Not just Florida. A python swimming in Florida is less likely to bite anything than a python on solid ground. Or in a tree. Are you going to stop climbing trees? ;)

Dave
We took a swamp tour about 18 months after Katrina and were the only ones on the boat so were able to talk quite a bit with the tour guide. When he told us a snake had dropped out of a tree and into the boat on two occasions, that was it for me!
 

pedro47

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
12,657
Reaction score
3,059
Points
548
Location
East Coast
There are so many snakes and alligators in the sunshine state nowo_O; that I am loving HHI, Myrtle Beach, WMBG, and San Diego more and more in my traveling time. LOL:D
 

Passepartout

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
22,492
Reaction score
6,735
Points
799
Location
Twin Falls, Eye-Duh-Hoe
There is a lot to like about Ireland. No snakes being among them.
 

AJCts411

TUG Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2017
Messages
296
Reaction score
134
Points
103
Resorts Owned
Hyatt Sunset x 2
These reptiles occur due to scientific study, the irresponsible pet owner...not the origin but could be a aggravating factor....early 1990s. Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida in 1992, and it damaged quite a few zoos, pet stores, exotic animal warehouses, and wildlife refuges in the process. Many of the escaped animals -- ranging from monkeys to mountain lions -- were rounded up after the storm. Some, unfortunately, were put down. But many animals eluded capture. It has been documented that a large (but unknown) number of Burmese pythons were "liberated" by Hurricane Andrew, escaping into the Florida Everglades and other parts of the state...late 1990's was the first sighting of these snakes.
 

pedro47

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
12,657
Reaction score
3,059
Points
548
Location
East Coast
Is it true that Burmese pythons are causing problems for the other animals in the Glades?
 

"Roger"

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
2,779
Reaction score
374
Points
318
Is it true that Burmese pythons are causing problems for the other animals in the Glades?
Absolutely. If you Google you will find many articles on the topic. Here is a short one... Link

For a couple of years, they had a contest where Python hunters were offered prizes as to who could capture the most pythons in a week. With something like ten thousand pythons in the Everglades, the contestants, often very knowledgeable people with regard to the behavior of these critters, were only able to capture a couple of hundred. The organizers of the contest knew in advance that they would not find and kill that many pythons. The contest was merely meant to call attention to the problem.
 

DaveNW

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2006
Messages
13,558
Reaction score
8,718
Points
748
Location
North of Seattle
Resorts Owned
WorldMark
Is it true that Burmese pythons are causing problems for the other animals in the Glades?
I'd think so. I used to keep snakes as pets.

Pythons will eat just about anything they can grab, if they can constrict on it, kill it, and get it down their gullet. Mammals and rodents are especially tasty to them. Pythons are "live bearing," which means the mother doesn't lay eggs - the babies are fully functional when they emerge from the mother. Burmese pythons can have as many as 100 offspring a year, and they grow fast. And every one of those babies will be born hungry. As they grow, their need for larger prey increases. In a place like the Everglades, they have an ideal environment to establish themselves. It can definitely be a problem for native species populations - as the young are eaten, the snakes grow, and larger prey is taken. Get the larger snakes closer to civilization, and pets are then on the menu.

Dave
 

"Roger"

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
2,779
Reaction score
374
Points
318
More on the Python Challenge (the hunting contest). Here is a link to the results of the 2013 contest. Note that there were 1600 people who participated in the month long event (not one week as I previously posted). With $1500 going to the winner, he captured a paltry 15 pythons, the second place contestant, 5.
 

moonstone

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
1,580
Reaction score
950
Points
324
Location
Moonstone, ON
That's it. I'm done. No getting near water in Florida for me. Nope. Uh-uh. Not with snakes in the water. Not me.

Jim

Me too! It was bad enough we had to worry about sharks, now snakes as well! I'll stick to swimming in the pool!


~Diane
 

DaveNW

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2006
Messages
13,558
Reaction score
8,718
Points
748
Location
North of Seattle
Resorts Owned
WorldMark
Me too! It was bad enough we had to worry about sharks, now snakes as well! I'll stick to swimming in the pool!


~Diane
Make sure there isn't an alligator resting on the bottom before you dive in. :eek:

Dave
 

clifffaith

TUG Member
Joined
Feb 24, 2016
Messages
2,746
Reaction score
2,170
Points
298
Location
San Pedro, CA
I'd think so. I used to keep snakes as pets.

Pythons will eat just about anything they can grab, if they can constrict on it, kill it, and get it down their gullet. Mammals and rodents are especially tasty to them. Pythons are "live bearing," which means the mother doesn't lay eggs - the babies are fully functional when they emerge from the mother. Burmese pythons can have as many as 100 offspring a year, and they grow fast. And every one of those babies will be born hungry. As they grow, their need for larger prey increases. In a place like the Everglades, they have an ideal environment to establish themselves. It can definitely be a problem for native species populations - as the young are eaten, the snakes grow, and larger prey is taken. Get the larger snakes closer to civilization, and pets are then on the menu.

Dave
Re: live birth. Richard's second post mentions an extra bounty for pythons caught guarding eggs.
 

geist1223

Guest
Joined
May 20, 2015
Messages
2,954
Reaction score
2,410
Points
299
Location
Salem Oregon
Resorts Owned
Worldmark 89,000
Seaside Oregon Residence Club
DRI Hawaiian Collection 50,500
Royal Solaris San Jose del Cabo
Just another reason to add to the List on why not to visit Florida.
 

Jimster

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 11, 2005
Messages
2,418
Reaction score
100
Points
273
Location
Crystal Lake, IL
I heard one estimate that said that because of the pythons, almost 90% of other animals have been wiped out in the Everglades. It is particularly bad among the bird population. For some reason, I don’t think of Pythons as bird eaters but it is absolutely true.

I was on Bohol, in the Philippines in a town called Python and they have an exhibit of what they say is the world’s biggest Python which is over 25 feet long.
 

bbodb1

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2016
Messages
2,663
Reaction score
2,261
Points
298
Location
High radiation belt of the Northern Hemisphere
Resorts Owned
RCI Weeks: LaCosta Beach Club, RCI Points: Oakmont Resort, Vacation Village at Parkway. Wyndham: CWA and La Belle Maison, and WorldMark.
Seriously? You know snakes everywhere swim, right? Not just Florida. A python swimming in Florida is less likely to bite anything than a python on solid ground. Or in a tree. Are you going to stop climbing trees? ;)

Dave

I'm thinkin' the chances of seeing snakes swimming (much less surviving) in the wonderful waters of Eye-Duh-Hoe are just a bit less than in Floor-E-Duh!
 

bbodb1

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2016
Messages
2,663
Reaction score
2,261
Points
298
Location
High radiation belt of the Northern Hemisphere
Resorts Owned
RCI Weeks: LaCosta Beach Club, RCI Points: Oakmont Resort, Vacation Village at Parkway. Wyndham: CWA and La Belle Maison, and WorldMark.
Make sure there isn't an alligator resting on the bottom before you dive in. :eek:

Dave
You're a bad man, Dave!

...but you should have told them to check the skimmers for spiders while you're at it!
 

moonstone

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
1,580
Reaction score
950
Points
324
Location
Moonstone, ON
Make sure there isn't an alligator resting on the bottom before you dive in. :eek:

Dave
And another reason why I don't go in! Even at our winter place in Corozal Belize there are crocodiles in the bay since it is not full Caribbean salt water due to the many rivers emptying into the bay. A friend of ours spotted one creeping up on he and his toddler who were sitting about 10 feet from shore in about 6 inches of water last winter. As I said before, I'll stick to the swimming pools!

~Diane
 
Top