Florida's Python Patrol
February 15, 2014 6:04 PM Subscribe
'One trainee, 70-year-old Eric Raits, has now caught three pythons while working as a tour guide at Shark Valley Tram Tours in Everglades. Once, lacking a bag into which to deposit the snake, he simply held on to the 9-foot python for the remaining half of the two-hour tour. “I was sitting in the backwards-facing seat with the snake coiled up around my arm,” he says. “Unsurprisingly, no one sat in the two rows closest to me. They were all in the back, sitting on each other’s laps.” '
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One of Florida's more destructive invasive species is the Burmese python, a voracious carnivorous snake. Once kept as household pets, these snakes escaped or were released into the wild and have become a serious threat to native wildlife, especially in the Everglades. Enter the Python Patrol
, a group of trained volunteers who capture the snakes after sightings are reported to the Florida Fish & Wildlife conservation hotline. Want to learn how to identify and report pythons and other invasive species? REDDy
is a free online training course for anyone who wants to help report sightings of harmful non-native species.