Saturday, August 8, 2009
News of the Moment: Why Python is So Appropriate
For fear of being trampled by angry PETA protesters, I have to justify why I believe python is in. No, it doesn't have anything to do with the fact that Vogue is endorsing animal prints for Fall. Nor is it driven by the lack of animal skins in the Fall trends. My interest in this specie actually came from a news feed.
It was to my surprise that this type of snake, a prized reptile to fashionistas and serpent lovers alike, is now a bane to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. According to the LA Times article, the Burmese pythons started invading the Everglades after escaping or being released by their owners.
However, invasion wasn't their only objective. MSNBC.com reported that a handful of them became the new predators of the Floridian ecosystem, easily swallowing "smaller species that conservationists are trying to protect, including other reptiles, otters, squirrels, woodstorks and sparrows."
Even the famed Florida gators aren't safe from these creatures: a 13-foot Burmese python actually burst after attempting to swallow a 6-foot alligator. And if that wasn't enough, authorities warn that children take caution when entering the 'Glades.
Currently, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hired a group of experienced hunters to track down and kill these predators immediately. Although there is no posted bounty for the snakes, I'm sure that those wealthy enough can keep some in their closets.
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