I've written before about the solution to the invasive species problem--find/create value for the invader, then let human nature take over and the tragedy of the commons will eradicate the unwanted visitors. Or, you could just rely on completely insane people...
What would you do if you came across the longest Burmese python ever recorded in the state of Florida?
Ummmm..shit myself and call my mommy?
A Miami man had to answer that question recently and he decided to catch and kill it.
Like there was an alternative? It's not like he couldn't just stay in his car and drive awa...what? He could have? The snake hadn't reared and blocked the path of all traffic?
Turns out, it was the longest Burmese python ever captured in Florida; it measured 18 feet, 8 inches.
Just for a frame of reference, if you stretch out an 18' 8" snake it would be the same size as...who am I kidding, who would be stupid enough to stretch out an 18 foot snake?
The python was a 128-pound female that was not carrying eggs, according to University of Florida scientists who examined the snake.
Well of course she wasn't carrying any eggs, she doesn't have any arms.
The previous record length for a Burmese python captured in the wild in Florida was 17 feet, 7 inches.
Since the python is Burmese, will she be covered under the new immigration reform legislation?
On May 11th, Jason Leon was riding late at night in a rural area of southeast Miami-Dade County when he and his passenger spotted the python. About 3 feet of the snake was sticking out of the roadside brush.
Passenger: "Keep driving Jason. Just keep driving. You're not thinking about stopping are you? Keep going! You're stopping? You're stopping. Well, I'm just going to sit here. Don't even think about calling me for for help if you start to pull that thing out of the brush and it wraps around your leg."
Leon stopped his car, grabbed the snake behind its head and started dragging it out of the brush. When the snake began to wrap itself around his leg, he called for assistance from others...
...and then used a knife to kill the snake.