Mom Will Never Again Go to Florida

May 16, 2008

PythonIt’s bad enough that Florida has suffered from fire ants, giant snails, two-inch cockroaches, cane toads and africanized honey bees.

Now it has to deal with pythons.  You know, really big snakes.

These are Burmese Pythons – which can grow to over 20 feet long and weigh 2oo pounds – released into the wild by owners no longer interested in keeping them.  It is estimated that their population in the Everglades is now around 30,000.  They are efficient swimmers and tagged snakes have been shown to swim over 30 miles in 3 hours.

My mom hates snakes.  As kids we had to stomp around to make sure that any garter snakes were scared away, before she would go work in the garden.

She’ll never set foot in Florida again.