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Airboat Driver Finds 17-Foot Python Near Gator Park

December 22, 2009 By Jim in Miami: Local NewsMiscellaneous  | 10 Comments


A headless burmese python at Gator Park.

Back in July, Doug warned us about pythons taking over the Everglades. He wasn’t kidding.

Yesterday, while at Gator Park, Janie one of the key employees, came walking up to me saying “Hey Jim did you see the python they killed in the back yard?”

What had happened earlier in the morning was that Tre (a young but lifelong wilderness expert) had encountered a 17-foot python while he was alone outside his airboat. He had just heard some bristle in the matted down sawgrass and moving away from him was this monster snake.

I’m not willy/nilly, but when I saw the size of this dead reptile…I was almost afraid to bend down to snap the photo. This snake was a man-killer!

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10 Comments on

"Airboat Driver Finds 17-Foot Python Near Gator Park"

Where is the rest of the story?! says:

Why did they kill the snake, and not display such a large animal…@ say a Zoo…?

...& the only way to eradicate the snake was to “chop” it’s head off? Where will the employees dispose of the snake?

You people in Flordia are always too quick to kill, or hit something with a stick!

Posted on 12/22/2009 at 2:34 PM

Jim Moore says:

I’d personally shotgun 100 pythons and sleep like a baby. 

Do let me clarify this one was in the wilderness not in the park. My mistake for making it read like it was killed “in the park” it was brought back
to the park.

These fricking pythons are eating bout 1000 rabbits a day per snake dude…nobody’s “quick to kill” it’s way out of hand here.

Why…you some kinda python lover or somethin? Go find a tree to hug and maybe it’ll make you feel better.

Posted on 12/22/2009 at 2:52 PM

Matt Crane says:

Haha brilliant comment Jim! I guess this must have been literally the day after we were there?!
Many thanks again for a brilliant tour, I had an awesome day.



Posted on 12/23/2009 at 4:50 AM

....I found the rest of the story says:

Phhhhlease Jimbo- you sound like a blatant rip-off.

Matt, only a 13 year old would seriously find Uncle Jimbo’s comment ammusing. Keep chuckling buddy…

I guess this article fit’s you Uncle Jim. Thanks for the articulate expose, and keep living the “Alabama Man” dream, a slack jaw, tobacco spitting, skeet shooting yokule


Posted on 12/23/2009 at 10:49 AM

Matt says:

Yeah dude because it’s all only about the fun of killing snakes - it hasn’t got anything to do with trying to protect native species such as bobcats and the endangered florida panther…these people are doing their best to try to keep a serious problem under control. I don’t doubt that you’d be the first to complain that when these pythons do start becoming man eaters, people aren’t doing enough to get rid of them. Do some research and look into these issues before kicking off..

Posted on 12/23/2009 at 6:57 PM

Laurie says:

“rest of the story” (Juicy J?)-

All comments are welcome on this site, both positive and negative. But grow a pair and use a valid user name (with a valid e-mail address) when doing so.

Posted on 12/23/2009 at 8:30 PM

The real Juicy J says:

Wow Laurie, you’re pretty good!

You kids and that blasted Scooby Doo!

Posted on 12/23/2009 at 9:55 PM

The real Juicy J says:

I own a law degree, and practice Environmental science studies. So I do care about issues such as this…

This was opinion to the author. Matt lay off.

Not only is any of this trival, this is completely one sided.

.....Laurie, Matt, continue to be a shell of what you are…

Posted on 12/23/2009 at 10:04 PM

Jim Moore says:

I’m flattered how that this story’s no longer about the 17 foot python, but rather about “ole slackjaw the mean old tobacco chewing python killer”

Let me take responsibility for that by not setting up the proper context for this reporting this event in the first place.

From my perspective these creatures are currently a menace here (not everywhere).  You put too many big predators in one place and an imbalance occurs.

Now, instead of pointing fingers at “ole slackjaw” and other Floridians, perhaps we can take a look at the problems in general which that the wildlife in the Everglades is a situation which adding a top shelf non-indigeouns predator only further exasberates the situation.

Short of doing a long term research study, I felt I could cut to the chase (pun intended) and use the old shotgun method of eradicating the current menace to this all to fragile society.

If you have better ideas short of charaterazations of (now Alabama) “slackjaw” then I’m open to hearing about them.

However if all you wish to do is hurl stones, see if you can throw some in the direction of a few sawgrass pythons….maybe you’ll hit a 17 footer!

Posted on 12/24/2009 at 5:25 PM

Rickinohio says:

Idiots making post don’t have a clue that after Katrina all the snakes got loose and reproduced and reproduced estimate stands at over 30,000 now in Lousiana and Florida heres link to a little one they caught why don’t you whinners rent a airboat and go rescue a couple thousand…...

Posted on 05/14/2012 at 3:35 PM

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