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Politicians, From Being Snakes in the Grass to Snake Hunters

By Javier Manjarres

giantsnakeIt appears that python wranglers are having a hard time finding the elusive and invasive Burmese species of the reptile, as the count of captured or killed snakes seems to have plateaued.  According to news reports, approximately 1,500 snake hunters are out looking for the snakes that are said to be disrupting the natural balance in the Everglades by eating its natural predators. The Burmese python problem started when exotic reptile owners introduced the snakes to the ‘glades’ by releasing the unwanted creatures into canals, lakes and into the Everglades themselves.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has been hands on in trying to eradicate the nuisance snakes, and he recently went on an Everglades hunt for these snakes.  No word yet if Senator Marco Rubio or any other members of Florida’s congressional delegation will partake in future snake hunts like the one Nelson just went on.

With so many hunters looking for these pythons and not much to show for their work, questions arise as to whether or not these snakes really are the nuisance they’re reported to be.




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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  • OldmanRick

    Just cause they didn’t find lots of those pesky varmints doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

  • Walther Ruger

    Why can’t we all just get along?

    • kerijay

      Ask the know-it-all democrats that question.

  • Jane

    They have been around for awhile. Traveling on a network of canals, every now and then one will show up in the eastern parts of Broward County (east of Dixie and all the way to the beach area) They snack on stray cats, small dogs, racoons, and possums. Just a couple of weeks ago a 16 footer swam by a neighbor’s house. One of these is one too many. Don’t hate snakes, but don’t want pythons here. Of course some of the pythons may be recent releases. Some pet shops were still selling them a year ago…the last time I checked.

  • JD

    Been out looking for the Pythons, West of US 27 and around Tamaimi Trail (41). Been on the State owned Wildlife Conservation Areas. Nothing. There are very few of the hundred thousand invasive pythons that the State biologists used to entice us 1563 hunters, trappers, and rookies to plunk down $25 for a State python permit. I should have known that if big goverment spender, Senator Bill Nelson, was involved, the government would get $ thousands in permit fees and the taxpayer would get the shaft. Supposedly the pythons are in Federally-owned Everglades National Park, but we cannot hunt there??
    Why, because we might actually do something to eradicate the dangerous pythons who are eating all of our native animals and breeding in the National Park and not in the State parks? Common sense would dictate to open Everglades National if only a few pythons are found in State parks. But we are dealing with liberal Nelson, who is more concerned with enlarging government entitlement programs than actually doing something that gets results.