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Old 02-21-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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If you don't already have a phobia for snakes...

...this might change things: Pythons could squeeze lower third of USA

"As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps released Wednesday.

The pythons can be 20 feet long and 250 pounds. They are highly adaptable to new environments."

I thought this was some particularly sage advice: "They grab with their mouth to anchor the prey, then coil around the animal and crush it to death before eating it whole. If you see one, don't attempt to engage it."

One more item I can add to my "Why you shouldn't move to Texas" spiel...
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Ok that's it. I'm in Texas. Gotta move on.
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This will probably be bad new for indigenous species - birds, other reptiles, etc. Similar to issues with brown tree snake spread.


Brown tree snake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Ok that's it. I'm in Texas. Gotta move on.
Rumor has it Texas has more clowns per capita too..
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"As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps released Wednesday.
Well, that explains why the killer bees have been fleeing spreading north... with the pythons in "hot" pursuit...

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Considering recent threads on various clown-related activities, I don't even want to know who that is-- let alone what he's holding.
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I dunno. I'm thinking that scorpions and fire ants would just see that python as a super size sausage sans roll.
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Fire ants and a python.. Hummm, I go with them ants.
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Fire ants and a python.. Hummm, I go with them ants.
Indeed. When we first moved to Texas, I got several hundred fire ant bites out at a lake. That was not a great experience at all!! After that, even one bite would get really nasty, so I guess I developed a sensitivity to them.

On the other hand, I have never battled a python! I am not too worried about pythons showing up in my yard very soon, though.

Louisiana fire ants are puny and inconsequential compared with Texas fire ants, IME.
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So how many pythons placed end to end would it take to cover the border?
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Remington model 870 12 gauge and 00 buck should take care of it.
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Remington model 870 12 gauge and 00 buck should take care of it.
Yep. That particular make/model and 000 buckshot works well for shorter, fatter 'snakes'. I shot this one in my back yard a few days ago...

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Yep. That particular make/model and 000 buckshot works well for shorter, fatter 'snakes'. I shot this one in my back yard a few days ago...
Maybe a nice big fat giant python in your back yard would have beat you to the punch! At least he would be big and fat if he had done so.

All this talk about big snakes makes me feel like I am reading "The Jungle Book", eh Mowgli?
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They're already making their way to NYC:
ABC News: Potty Python: Woman Finds Snake in Toilet


This reminds me of something that happenned to us. Our townhouse sat empty for a few months before it was rented. The property management company sent out a maintenance guy to take care of a few things. Well, he went to use the restroom and when he lifted the toilet seat...YIKES...a little garter snake! Supposedly he went running out of the townhouse screaming like a little girl....
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Yep. That particular make/model and 000 buckshot works well for shorter, fatter 'snakes'. I shot this one in my back yard a few days ago...

Well keep pluggin away REW, those hogs are the epitome of bad news, and a few you've missed have made it to our area.

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Rumor has it Texas has more clowns per capita too..
Mostly in the state legislature...

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Well keep pluggin away REW, those hogs are the epitome of bad news, and a few you've missed have made it to our area.

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Remington model 870 12 gauge and 00 buck should take care of it.
Works for a python, but those fire ants would be a tough target!
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