So this is why people are scared of snakes! This is what they teach children…
I just don’t think that they eat people…
I think it’s happened like five times in recent history. Definitely not enough to be worth spreading like that though.
Also, pretty sure an alligator would win lol.
Yeah but at the end it shows a picture of the python swallowing the alligator whole…
It really all depends on the size of both animals and who has the element of surprise. Here’s an example of a python who ate an alligator.
So… they found the python dead?
No, Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida and must be euthanized if found. The video description says the python was euthanized and then turned over to a research lab for a necropsy and sample collection.
Burms may have accidentally killed people in cases of lack of supervision/proper handling or escaped animals, but afaik, the only snake species confirmed to have ever swallowed a human being is the Reticulated Python.
Also Green anacondas, and African rock pythons too, I am pretty sure.
Yep, this is also true. Burms have been implicated in at least one death that I can find, however they’ve never eaten a person.
Not finding anything on confirmed death by green anaconda, however rock pythons have definitely killed folks before.
Retics have been the only species confirmed to have actually consumed people, however, and even then, we’re talking single digits confirmed cases.
That’s sad. They should just bring it to a zoo or something and let them live.
I don’t think you understand the scale of the invasive python problem in Florida. There is not enough zoo space to do this. There’s no way to know the true number, but base estimates range from 100k to over a million Burmese pythons in the Everglades alone. Florida law says any captured invasive python must be killed and cannot be transported live at all. USGS has a page on the environmental impact they’ve had and it’s pretty significant.
Oh wow I didn’t know that! Thanks for the info
It’s an incredibly interesting topic the more you look into it. One oft debated because of the way it impacts the herp community and peoples’ perception of large snakes, as well as Florida’s laws. If you have time to go down a Google rabbit hole of research one day, I highly recommend doing so.
Personally I believe that number is extremely exaggerated. I was born and raised in Florida and why there is a “problem” its a fear thing. Had friends participate in python hunts and were told that so many pythons are out there it should be easy to find yet so many people couldn’t find a thing in weeks. Pythons are vulnerable as babies so why they are breeding im sure many dont make it.
I could be wrong but the second photo of the “alligator” looks a lot like a crocodile. Also how many animals for non sustenance purposes do humans kill a year? How many humans do other humans kill a year? I’d say we’re definitely the most dangerous animal by a long shot.
I’m all for educational reading but I kinda feel this is a little bit of embellishment to make it seem more commonplace than it is. I’d rather stick to National Geographic (that’s what I grew up reading) and similar for kids interested in learning about the natural world.
I mean God knows we don’t have scholastic books about Jeffrey Dahmer vs Hannibal Lecter and seeing who wins the fight and who eats who. I know poor taste (no pun intended) but this is about as much good as this book does for reptile appreciation.
Yeah, I agree with about everything you just said!
Lost it at ‘Fun Fact: Pythons are snakes, snakes are reptiles.’
Ik this is a kid’s book but c’mon.
I’ve received more substantial education on the back of a cereal box.
yes. Just yes. I read this about five times and every time I was rolling laughing
Ok…yeah…This is a kids book!!! Like…come on… why not just give kids actually encyclopedias…that what I had as a kid…