Snake Problem in the Florida Everglades Is Out of Control
I wrote a story in 2013 on the massive snake problem in Florida and it's only gotten worse, Is there a way to stop it or just find a way to live with it.
The snake infestation taking over the Florida Everglades seems to be out of control and personally, I think it will only get worse until there are two animals left there; constrictor snakes and alligators and even the alligators are being eaten. It's not just pet owners dumping them though. During Katrina, many snake nurseries were wiped out releasing thousands of Pythons, etc. into the Everglades.
The problem started years ago when pet owners of these constrictor snakes just couldn't take care of them anymore so they started getting dumped into the Everglades. I know there are many responsible snake owners but many just have no clue when they buy a Python or Anaconda at 12" long that it will get to 15' in length and weigh as much as 250 pounds.
. . . Read the whole story and see the news video here . . .
Sources from Florida Fish and Game say there are at least 100,000 constrictors on the loose but it could be as high as 200,000. Some females have been found with almost 80 eggs so the math is a huge problem down the road. Most of the native birds and mammals are all but gone and there have also been reports, with pictures, of these snakes even eating alligators in the Everglades.
So what do you think? Will the Everglades eventually be eaten alive and is there any solution to this problem? I would say no, this problem is way too severe to correct at this point. Florida has had competitions offering big prizes to hunters to go out and kill these snakes and the best year was only about 400. Their breeding rate far surpasses that.
The snakes are already moving out of the Everglades and their population is now up into midland Florida and still headed North. Eventually, there will be millions of them in the wild throughout the Southeast states in my opinion eating anything in their path and complete changing the ecosystem in many areas.