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Python pulled from Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung (Animals)

by dan @, Friday, October 04, 2019, 09:59 (49 days ago)

See https://udn.com/news/story/7470/4084782?from=udn_ch2cate6649sub7470_pulldownmenu

These things are causing major problems in Florida. Once they get established, they're very hard to get rid of.

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Python pulled from Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung

by dulan drift, Friday, October 04, 2019, 17:12 (49 days ago) @ dan

Holy Fuck! Since when did mega-pythons inhabit Taiwan?

Python pulled from Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung

by dan @, Friday, October 04, 2019, 18:55 (49 days ago) @ dulan drift

In southern Florida these things have decimated a number of species, including a few endangered mammals. They're non-native, obviously, and they have no predator. They're the equivalent of the brown tree snake on Guam, which was introduced and has wiped out many of the native bird species.

On the one hand, Taiwan is the perfect environment for them and they'll thrive. On the other hand, if the government gives the green light to kill them all, and gives 1,000NT/head, and a recipe for cooking them, they'll have the problem taken care of overnight.

It will be interesting to see what happens. As big as this is, there are probably more.

Python pulled from Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung

by dulan drift, Friday, October 04, 2019, 23:17 (49 days ago) @ dan

so have they been recently introduced to Taiwan? The last thing Taiwan birds need is another predator

Python pulled from Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung

by dan @, Saturday, October 05, 2019, 05:14 (49 days ago) @ dulan drift

I'm guessing this is somebody's pet that was let go when it got too big.

Python pulled from Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung

by dulan drift, Monday, October 14, 2019, 17:32 (39 days ago) @ dan

Here's another example from Sydney where builders found a freshly shed boa constrictor skin a few days ago

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