Current Weather
The Spy FM

The Snake’s A Snitch: Why Florida Released Biggest Python Caught In Hunt

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
February 19, 2013

This headline may make you go “huh?”

“Biggest Python in Florida Snake Hunt Released Back into the Wild.”

Read into that story from ABC News, though, and you will soon learn the reason why the more than 11-foot-long snake and two of his smaller cousins were set free instead of killed when the state’s 2013 Python Challenge ended over the weekend.

They’ve each been implanted with two transmitters in the hope that they’ll lead researchers to breeding females — who will in turn then be captured and killed.

In other words, these three snakes are studs sent out to snitch.

As authorities try to get a hold on the state’s python problem — “as many as 150,000 of them [are] slithering about in the Florida underbrush,” as Korva wrote Saturday — they want to track down those females during this current breeding season.

They’re also hoping to recapture the tagged snakes.

About 1,600 people signed up to hunt pythons during the 2013 challenge. Sixty eight snakes were caught this year.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET. A Little More And A Little Video:

Frank Mazzotti, a professor of wildlife at the University of Florida who helped organize the python challenge, emails us to say that the big snake measured 11 feet, 1 inch, while the other two that now have transmitters are each 8- to 9-feet long.

And if you want to learn more about the python problem in Florida, there’s a video from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

Leave a Reply

7AM to 9AM Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition

From civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador, to hospital rooms, police stations, and America\'s backyards, National Public Radio's Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of Weekend Edition Saturday.

Listen Live Now!

9AM to 10AM Car Talk

Car Talk

View the program guide!

10AM to 11AM Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell host the weekly NPR News quiz show alongside some of the best and brightest news and entertainment personalities.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center