The Everglades at Night

Varmint of the Month: Pesky Pythons

Posted 1/1/2021

Invading the Everglades

Since the weather is hot and humid, the pythons are on the move, and that is why they are our perfect pick for Varmint of the Month. Catcher Dan and I are thankful to be a Contractor for the FWC Python Removal Program. It is our passion to protect the Everglades ecosystem, and what better job than to remove the invasive creatures that are harming our native wildlife. It might sound like a crazy job to some, but we certainly enjoy doing it.

The Florida Everglades is one of the most amazing places anyone could visit, so protecting the swampland’s ecosystem is important in keeping it a little slice of heaven on earth. When the Burmese Pythons were introduced into the Everglades, it was a perfect place for them to survive. The problem is the ecosystem has been disrupted, and the native wildlife is in danger. We focus on removing the invasive critters so the natural wildlife can survive the way nature intended.  It gives us peace of mind to know that when we relocate those little critters back into wild, they hopefully won’t meet their demise by a very large, hungry, invasive snake.

Python hunting is always interesting, but most interesting when we go in the middle of the night. The pythons are usually on the move looking for their next meal when the sun goes down, and so is most of the other critters! The Everglades at night is a completely different experience than during the day. The bullfrogs and crickets are most vocal, the mosquitoes are most hungry, and the predator animals are wondering around everywhere. There are no lights, except the spotlight we bring or the moonlight shining down, although you can see the sky light up in the distance from Miami, which is truly a beautiful sight to see. The fresh air is plentiful and the saw-grass goes on for miles. If we are lucky, we might see a panther or a bobcat cross our path, so we always have our eyes peeled at what surrounds us, and in the dark, we can’t see far! Driving down the levee is where we can find the pythons, and most of the time, we have to stop and let an alligator cross over before we can keep going down the trail. The nights are long, but it is worth it when we capture that large snake. So far we have removed pythons ranging up to 8 feet, but we will keep going until we find that 20 footer… and then keep going some more!

We encourage anyone that has a non-native snake or lizard as a pet to not let it go into the wild. It can cause more harm to all wildlife, including the one being released. There are many types of native snakes here in Florida, there just isn’t any room in the sensitive ecosystem for the pythons!

Protecting Florida, one snake at a time.  

Goldie Locks 

8 Foot Python Removed from the Florida Everglades!

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