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Report on the Today Show this morning... (link to vid)

Posted by Sonja K. at 7/31/2009 12:32:39 PM

(This was posted on another site that I frequent...)

Wow....  the media sure has a way about them....

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Katie Baker,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 12:39:25 PM  
wow... just wow...

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 12:44:26 PM  
Yep! One of those reports that literally made me sick to my stomach.... Sigh....

Kellie ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 12:46:42 PM  

I don't even know what to many things wrong with that bit - like that map!

And just a matter of time until a tourist in the Everglades has an encounter with one?  I think an encouter with a burm would go a lot better than an encounter with an aligator. 

Posted At: 7/31/2009 1:16:09 PM  
It's a funny thing the hunting crew has been there for two weeks now and they have only pulled one snake out. The numbers there are overstated and so are the import numbers. The 99,000 imports included all snakes, 45000 of those were ball pythons, then you have retics, burms,  and every other snake that gets imported. I wish we could shut the media down.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 1:39:50 PM  
Just one of the part that gets me is that they are blaming this on pet owners mention was made of other possibilities... i.e. what about the impact of Hurricane Andrew in the early '90s?

John ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 2:22:06 PM  
What a shame.  But, not surprising.  It's American media.  What else should we expect?

I wish we could get some honest media representation somewhere.

John ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 2:22:40 PM  
I wonder how that story on the Today show originated.

Krysta ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 2:51:15 PM  

Yes, they don't mention the snakes that get on ships and sale over, I'm positive that there are a lot that come over that way.  I was watching something similar about this venomous snake in Hawaii that was hitching rides on cargo ships and invading there.  Although, I don't think that the idoits who don't know anything about snakes an buy one, and then realise that they are costly/too big to care for and release them, help at all.  Because that does happen, and now it's ruining it for everyone.

Aaron Florian,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 5:33:40 PM  
That's it. I need to go clubbing tonight.
Baby seal clubbing.

Tom Sellers,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 5:34:48 PM  
Got to love the uneducated public.

Melanie Bernal ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 10:33:40 PM  
Did you notice the body shot of the red-tail as one of those "pythons on the loose"?!!! 

Where on earth did they get those numbers?!! 

Very sad.

Joseph Jenkins,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 11:03:53 PM  
Good luck with thermal heat sensing planes to detect cold-blooded snakes.

Python Pete won't last long either.

Ken ,
Posted At: 7/31/2009 11:05:06 PM  
The everglades isn't disney world (which people have died at also) but come on people have gotten lost in the glades and died more than once and not at the jaws of a python of any sort.  I am really unclear of what nelson meant by that phrase which has been in every piece of media about the everglades lately.  The whole oh no a tourist might see a burm.  People who aren't from Florida may also not remember that Bill Nelson has never had a way with words really.  A few years back he made the mistake of calling chiles old and useless when running for governor forgetting the fact that a very large percentage of Florida is in fact old useless people.  He lost that race miserably.

At this point all the footage in these various news casts is recycled footage from south Florida affiliates.

Rebecca ,
Posted At: 8/1/2009 12:21:40 PM  
appalling, utterly appalling

"clearly the government let something get out of hand here"

I can't even begin to enuerate all of the problems with that segment which was still less than 4 minutes in length.  Utterly APPALLING!

Thank you Sonja for posting!

Ken ,
Posted At: 8/1/2009 12:34:39 PM  
The 99,000 number is from U.S Fish and Wildlife Services and that's the number imported between 1996 to 2006.

Rebecca ,
Posted At: 8/1/2009 12:39:47 PM  
that right there is just icing on the cake

Ken ,
Posted At: 8/1/2009 12:41:52 PM  
If anybody wants to read the report it's right here.

Ken ,
Posted At: 8/1/2009 12:44:00 PM  
That report obviously put together by University of Florida the great folks working on pheromones and helicopters to catch the snakes.  Really though they do have a great herpetology program there.

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