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  • Burmese Pythons @ SREL

    Dear folks at Snakemaster Reptile,

    I'm glad to hear you are interested in the results of our study. I think we are certainly getting the right winter to really test the ability of pythons to survive in the southeastern U.S. Unfortunately, we are unable to release the results of the study before it is completed. Given the high-profile nature of the project and previous instances of being misrepresented or misquoted, we are refraining from releasing any preliminary "updates" until we feel we have a conclusive result to the study (i.e., when we know whether or not they can survive the whole winter). Below is the standard response we are providing to the media when requesting information.
    Thanks very much for your understanding.
    Best wishes
    J.D.

    ************************************************
    John (J.D.) Willson, Ph.D.
    Post-doctoral Research Associate
    University of Georgia
    Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
    PO Drawer E
    Aiken, SC 29802
    email: [email protected]
    phone: 617-767-8531
    JD Willson's Home Page


    Assessing the Risk of Invasive Burmese Pythons in the Southeastern United
    States
    Michael E. Dorcas, John D. Willson, and J. Whitfield Gibbons
    The goal of this study is to conduct a risk assessment to evaluate the
    potential for Burmese pythons, which are already established in South
    Florida, to inhabit other regions of the southeastern United States.
    Specifically, we are monitoring the survivorship, body condition, and
    thermal biology of invasive Burmese pythons in an outdoor enclosure for an
    entire year (June 2009 - June 2010) in the upper Coastal Plain of South
    Carolina. For more information about the project, visit
    www.bio.davidson.edu/python.
    Status: We are currently conducting this research and results of our study
    will be released when they have undergone peer-review and have been accepted
    for publication in a scientific journal. We expect to have completed the
    goals of the project by June 2010 and plan to submit a paper describing our
    results for publication immediately after study completion. We are unable
    to provide information about the results of our study until the paper is
    accepted for publication.

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    Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

    what are they waiting for? are they waiting to see how dead the pythons really are? we all know that there is no way they made it through this winter.

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    • #3
      Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

      are you crazy??? there is no way they all just died. lmao

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      • #4
        Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

        What I think is this , We don't know how deep of hol;es they dug in the enclosed wild area

        You understand what I'm saying I guarantee they dug some huge deep special
        holes that the Pythons can crawl into

        Like ridiculously deep rabbit or wood chuck holes 6-10 feet under ground

        You understand where I'm going with this ?

        I know they pulled some kinds of trick

        Lar M
        Boas By Klevitz

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        • #5
          Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

          Originally posted by Boa Amarali View Post
          What I think is this , We don't know how deep of hol;es they dug in the enclosed wild area

          You understand what I'm saying I guarantee they dug some huge deep special
          holes that the Pythons can crawl into

          Like ridiculously deep rabbit or wood chuck holes 6-10 feet under ground

          You understand where I'm going with this ?

          I know they pulled some kinds of trick

          LOL, I wouldn't doubt that one bit Lar! Then they will report on how the pythons burrowed all by themselves to escape the cold weather and how they will survive more winters like this.

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          • #6
            Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

            I have the feeling we're not going to like the outcome of this study one bit.

            Just the fact that these folks worked hand in hand with organizations that are part of the dept of the interior SCREAMS "bias" to me.

            I'm putting my money on the pythons surviving.

            jb

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            • #7
              Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

              do you think a burm could live at 55 for months? they must have put a heater in that hole too if it is still living.

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              • #8
                Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

                Originally posted by reagorfu View Post
                do you think a burm could live at 55 for months? they must have put a heater in that hole too if it is still living.

                You make a good point below about 4-6 feet on down to I think 64 feet in the ground is aprox a steady 50*-55*

                So that's still cooler than is healthy for Python molurus bivittatus
                to maintain a healthy life

                Even a small water source should not provide any relief .

                I agree if they lived something is wrong.

                Lar M
                Boas By Klevitz

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                • #9
                  Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

                  They did dig man made burrows. I don't know how deep. They say that they put no external heat sources in there but they do have cameras and other electronic devices that will produce heat in the small well insulated burrows. I have heard that there is a pond surounded by concrete which will absorb alot of heat even on chilly days.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

                    We are also talking about surviving, not thriving. There's a difference. If even one Burm comes out of there alive, no matter how sick, it will not be good for us.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Burmese Pythons @ SREL

                      even if they started the study out with nice and healthy BIG burms, they are dead as doorknobs.

                      even if they survived the winter, by june they are toast.

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