A Bad Case of Indigestion…

A few months ago, in a post about foreclosures, we included a photo of a Burmese python that had been caught in the Florida Everglades.  The photo fired our readers’ imaginations, with one commenting that she had “suspected my x had once again fallen into the hands of the law.”

Well last week, The New Yorker published a 10-page essay on Burmese pythons in Florida. A few interesting facts:

  1. After escaping from terrariums, Burmese pythons have thrived in the Everglades.
  2. The creatures can grow to more than 25 feet in length
  3. They can swallow a leopard whole
  4. A Burmese python swallowed an alligator while it was alive, only to have its “belly burst open [with] the alligator’s hind legs protuding out of it like a pair of vestigial limbs. Some biologists speculated that the victim woke up inside the snake and tried to kick itself free or clawed through in its death throes.”
  5. Burmese pythons’ natural range may be as large as one third of the United States.

Anyway, we thought our blog readers ought to know.

Discussion

  • http://www.redfin.com Sasha Aickin

    Glenn,

    I refuse to let you post about the Burmese python without a reference to the absolute classic of the Burmese python fearmongering genre:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/21/MNABV5PP3.DTL

    This story ran on A1 in the Chronicle last year. As in “front page”. Just try and tell me you can distinguish it from an Onion article.

    “At 20 miles a month, a determined Burmese python from Florida could arrive in San Francisco as early as August 2020.”

  • Ken Brush

    I figure a python would just hitch a ride on an airplane.

    Much like the Tree Snakes from Guam:

    http://www.fort.usgs.gov/resources/education/bts/impacts/military.asp

    Thus arrival time to SFO should be sooner, with 1 direct flight from United every day:

    http://www.farecompare.com/flights/United-UA/Orlando_International-MCO/San_Francisco_International-SFO/schedule.html

  • http://blogs.the451group.com/information_management/ Kathleen Reidy

    And how about those lizards in Cape Coral? Biting a woman’s arm, in her own yard, while she was gardening? Her dog afraid to come out of the house? I can’t get that out of my head since reading that article…

  • http://blog.redfin.com Glenn Kelman

    @Sasha: how could I have left that out? Thank you, friend.
    @Ken: it’s more civilized to travel by plane isn’t it?
    @Kathleen: it’s a wonder to me that so many people in Florida live in such an uneasy truce with large, wild reptiles. It is not uncommon for dogs to get eaten by alligators there.

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