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    Couple of stories i found on the burms freezing in Florida.

    During this cold snap in South Florida, Burmese pythons in the wild may be out sunning themselves in an effort to stay warm. And that means hunters out in four South Florida wildlife management areas (WMAs) should be on the lookout for the unwanted, nonnative species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds hunters that they may continue to take Burmese pythons and all other reptiles of concern within four South Florida WMAs during the normal course of hunting during the areas’ small-game seasons.
    All properly licensed and permitted hunters have the authority, if they wish, to harvest pythons and other reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticulated python, northern and southern African rock python, amethystine or scrub python, green anaconda and Nile monitor lizard) on Everglades, Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger WMAs and Big Cypress National Preserve during specified hunting seasons.
    Small-game seasons on all four management areas continue through March 7. On Big Cypress, however, the small-game season ends Feb. 1. In all four WMAs, only a Florida hunting license and management area permit are required to hunt reptiles of concern from now through the end of the small-game seasons.
    "During the warm-weather months, Burmese pythons stay hidden out of the sun, but with the temperatures dipping below normal in these areas, they have to find a way to stay warm,” said Jenny Tinnell, FWC biologist with the exotic species section. “They may be out in the open more than before to find the warmth of the sun, and we hope hunters, in the normal course of hunting in these areas, will take advantage of the opportunity to help stop the spread of this nonnative species.”
    With the exception of the small-game season in the Deep Lake Unit of Big Cypress (where only bows and muzzleloaders are allowed), hunters may use shotguns, rimfire rifles and handguns to take pythons. Nets and snares also may be used, but no matter the method of take, all reptiles of concern must be euthanized on site.
    Reptiles of concern may not be taken out of the wildlife management areas alive and must be reported to the FWC within 36 hours by calling, toll-free, 866-392-4286, or going to MyFWC.com and selecting “Burmese pythons” in the “Quick Clicks” menu. However, any reptile of concern taken from Big Cypress must be checked in at one of the area’s six check stations.
    Hunters may do what they wish with the reptiles’ skin and meat. However, according to the National Park Service, mercury testing on two dozen captured Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park revealed extraordinarily high levels of mercury in the meat – well above levels considered safe to eat in freshwater fish and alligators.
    Officials estimate there are thousands of Burmese pythons in the wild in South Florida. The FWC’s goal is to contain the spread of these pythons in the wild and prevent establishment of other reptiles of concern. Data collected by hunters on these state-managed lands will assist in preventing their northward movement
    This one was on naplesnews.com

    Snow in Florida: Big chill culling unwanted iguanas and pythons

    The more pythons gone the better, says a Florida wildlife official. But snow and unusual cold are also straining survival of native species like sea turtles and snook in the tropical Sunshine State.





    Manatees gather in the warm water discharged from the Florida Power and Light Riviera Beach power plant into the Intracoastal Waterway. The cold weather has threatened native species like manatees and turtles.
    Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post/AP

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    By Patrik Jonsson Staff writer / January 9, 2010
    Atlanta An extended cold stretch gave way Saturday to what early Floridians called an “extraordinary white rain” – snow to the rest of us – as state wildlife biologists reported frozen iguanas falling out of trees, shallow water fish like snook dying in droves, and a record number of rare sea turtles facing the reptile version of hypothermia in St. Joseph Bay and the Mosquito Lagoon area.

    The rare snow fall – only the 17th such event in modern history to ever hit the state in January – only highlighted the unusually long-lasting dip of Arctic air and its impact on both native and invasive species in the largely tropical landmass draping off the southern United States.

    “A cold-stunning event of this magnitude is very infrequent,” says Jim Squires, general manager of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, which has taken in 10 cold-stunned sea turtles from Florida in recent days.
    Hundreds of turtles rescued

    Turtle rescuers worked around the clock, gathering over 700 passed-out turtles by Saturday and putting them in heated tanks at zoos and wildlife centers around the region to revive.

    But if the extended cold threatened rare native species like turtles and the Florida manatee, it may also function as nature’s way of targeting invasive species that Florida wildlife officials, frankly, want to see gone from the state, and which have been causing a political stink for years.

    In fact, the cold has given wildlife officials backup in their fight against two species that came uninvited to Florida: the green iguana and the Burmese python.

    Officials have one message to residents who feel sorry for frozen-stiff iguanas: Don’t try to rescue them by wrapping them in towels and bringing them inside. (As “iguana girl” does.)
    “We have calls coming in about iguanas dropping from trees and landing on people’s windshields … [but] the best thing to do with the iguanas is let nature take its course, since it’s the only way to help control this population,” says Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro, adding that the iguanas “shouldn’t even be here.”
    Python explosion in the Everglades

    Florida’s big chill also plays into one of the biggest Florida stories last year: The controversy over the explosion of the Burmese python in and around Everglades National Park, and whether it should lead to a national ban on some exotic pets.

    After Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) brought a massive python hide to Congress to highlight the up to 150,000 large non-native snakes plying the swamps and threatening the ecosystem and even humans, the state last summer introduced its first-ever python bounty hunt, which has had limited success in pushing back the extremely reclusive and hard-to-find snakes. (Read a Monitor article about the python bounty hunt here.)
    But Friday the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission put out a press release urging hunters to use the cold to help them find the pythons. The animals are likely to be forced by the cold to come out of their hiding places and find sunny spots – along roads and levees – to bask.
    Snake hunting authorized

    The release reads: “All properly licensed and permitted hunters have the authority, if they wish, to harvest pythons and other reptiles of concern (Indian python, reticulated python, northern and southern African rock python, amethystine or scrub python, green anaconda and Nile monitor lizard) on Everglades, Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger WMAs and Big Cypress National Preserve.”

    “The more pythons removed, the better,” says Ms. Ferraro.

    Whether wanted or unwanted, animals and fish are struggling across Florida, and even revived sea turtles could face further problems since reptile hypothermia can lead to a compromised immune system, says Mr. Squires at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

    “Sea turtles are endangered, and with only one out of several thousand hatchlings surviving to reach reproductive age, an event like this obviously takes on significance,” he adds.

    In Riviera Beach, north of Miami, and Apollo Beach, near Tampa, manatees and rays are using outflows from nuclear power plants as hot tubs, drawing scores of curious Floridians to watch. In St. Pete Beach and other places around the state, biologists have reported significant cold-related fish kills including snook, catfish, and juvenile lane snapper unable to deal with the region’s big chill.

    Snow in Florida: Big chill culling unwanted iguanas and pythons / The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com

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    Re: News stories on burms freezing in Florida

    burms may be out in the open to take advantage of the suns warmth is there no wind chill factor in florida. The other report stated on here from wildlife was that they would burrow or even dumber take to the water. yep it's warm out there.

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      Re: News stories on burms freezing in Florida

      Originally posted by snake77 View Post
      burms may be out in the open to take advantage of the suns warmth is there no wind chill factor in florida. The other report stated on here from wildlife was that they would burrow or even dumber take to the water. yep it's warm out there.
      Ectothermic (cold blooded) animals are not effected by wind chill. Only endothermic (warm blooded).

      I would assume the Burms WOULD use those methods to TRY and escape the cold but most would be unsuccesful.

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        Re: News stories on burms freezing in Florida

        Very interesting I did not know that thanks Dirty

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          Re: News stories on burms freezing in Florida

          In regards to burms 'burrowing' or 'seeking out heat,' check this article out...

          http://vpi.com/sites/vpi.com/files/C...fCold_BCHS.pdf

          "...it is my conclusion that the action of a python or boa to seek shelter in response to cold winter temperatures is not an innate behavior... It is my observation that those species native to the tropics and other areas where low winter temperatures are unknown have no specific ability to protect themselves from periods of fatal cold."

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            Re: News stories on burms freezing in Florida

            I live near tampa bay florida and is currently 30 degrees out and someone posted this near me today. tell me what you think......?


            any one with and R O C permit

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              Re: News stories on burms freezing in Florida

              Originally posted by joshua.britto View Post
              I live near tampa bay florida and is currently 30 degrees out and someone posted this near me today. tell me what you think......?


              any one with and R O C permit

              Some one flagged it....Why do they need someone with a Reptiles Of Concern Permit

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                Re: News stories on burms freezing in Florida

                a guy posted that he didnt have an roc, but he caught 'someone' trying to release an albino burm, but stopped the individual, and threatened to call the cops. well, then the alegged person said he would have to pay the first guy 50$ to turn him over......? and the intial guy wanted sell him to somebody with an r.o.c. He is obviously owning a snake illegally, but trying pass himself of as a samaritan......
                Last edited by ClayEnglish; 01-10-2010, 09:27 PM. Reason: removed language

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