levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 19831 times:
My wife and I are planning to spend the month of September in Florida. While reading up on the state, she came across several references to an ongoing problem related to the spreading of Burmese pythons. These won't keep me from going, but my wife is getting more and more worried as she is terrified of snakes.
So... how bad is the snake problem in Florida really?
They're a problem for the ecosystem (since they're non-native), but little threat to people. Unless you and your wife are planning to hang around in the Everglades, irrigation canals or drainage canals of South Florida, you will be fine.
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2959 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 19654 times:
Your wife is missing out on some of nature's neatest, sleekest and most graceful animal creations. OBVIOUSLY you want to avoid the venomous ones, but if I were you I would send her to a snake-o-phobia treatment center.
The good thing about snake meat is that it's pretty much fillet from one end to the other. The bad part is there are a bunch of little tiny ribs to remove from one end to the other.
Snakes are a fact of life throughout the Southeastern US, and in Florida there are lots of roadside "snake houses" that can help to educate people as to which snakes are dangerous and which snakes aren't, plus you can get a good, up-close look at the snakes in a completely safe manner.
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waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 19619 times:
A good friend of mine does field research in the everglades to check on animal population numbers almost every day, so she has plenty of first hand knowledge of the levels of invasive species out there. She's found a couple of molted python skins, but she hasn't actually seen one yet, although some of her coworkers have. In general, it's a problem because they have no natural predators, but they stick to the swamps and I've never heard of one causing any sort of issue for humans. There was an epic struggle on local TV a few years back where a huge python and an even bigger alligator wrestled live on film for several hours, I think it ended up with both of them slithering away in a draw. I'd be more concerned about another invasive species that is a real pain in the arse, the iguanas. If you go to any large open place near the coast here you'll find them, especially places like Fairchild Gardens, and they eat the native lizard species and generally bother people. Another species with no natural predators, other than my car (ran over 2 of them heading to the beach on the key last weekend). Just because it's a cool picture, my friend took this a couple weeks ago while doing field work in the glades-
ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 19606 times:
Well, if it makes you feel any better I've spent 4 weeks in Florida as well (2x2 week holidays) and I've never seen a snake. Lizards, yes but no snakes. They're harmless either way, they dart around the hotel pool if they're a lot of foliage but otherwise they don't bother you. They're never over a foot long (30cms) either so they're not even scary looking.
ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 19219 times:
Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 11): Blah. In 25 years of living in the Sonoran desert I've seen 10x more snakes in the zoo than in the wild, and I'm pretty outdoorsy...
I drove from Phoenix to Tucson and stopped at a rest stop. There were signs telling you to stay on the tarmac otherwise you ran the risk of getting bitten, and just as we left a huge snake slithered onto the tarmac'ed area. We left pretty sharpish
Saying that - you live with them so they don't bother you, here we don't have snakes barring as pets so seeing big snakes is a big deal to us.
I can't stand these jerks that get these exotic snakes as pets to impress their buddies. All they end up doing is dumping them in to the wild and/or losing them.
Here are some articles coming out of Florida.
Yep ... I would bet anyone if they simply started walking though the desert on late summer evening /night and were paying attention they would encounter a rattler or other specie at some point.
We have alot of snakes ... it is not uncommon to see Rattle snakes , Bullsnakes , Black Racers , Coral and King snake's . Love the King snake ... once got to watch one attack a rattler and kill it. Along with the road runner , the King is the natural enemy of the rattle snake and other species. The King is just a bad ass , and not venemous.
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Aeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 18772 times:
Living in southwest suburban MIA (West Kendall) Ive only had one encounter, well really my dad and it was a garden snake that was easily killed by a shovel. As stated above the risk areas are basically the everglades canals and possibly unpopulated areas outside the everglades.