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STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Alana33
February 22, 2017 09:42AM

Registered: 6 years ago
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Y'all can keep them!
Yikes!

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Oldie1
February 22, 2017 10:36AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 193

Aren't you living in FL now?
You should really worry about snakes and other reptiles.
Don't think we will find alligators in our pools on STX!

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

AandA2VI
February 22, 2017 10:49AM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 2,112

There's been many snakes found here and STT. Pythons and boas. (Not including the native tree via) Irresponsible pet owners to blame. When will humans learn?

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Alana33
February 22, 2017 11:24AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,676

Quote
Oldie1
Aren't you living in FL now?
You should really worry about snakes and other reptiles.
Don't think we will find alligators in our pools on STX!

Don't worry. I don't live anywhere near alligators, have a large fenced yard where pool located, tall privacy pvc fence, regularly mowed yard.
Machete at hand, in any event but thanks so much for your concern.

Keep your little pets safe.

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Gator's Mom
February 22, 2017 12:46PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 753

You are never safe from dangerous snakes in FL.

I live deep in suburbia and had a small dog that was bit by a rattlesnake five feet from my back door. One of the worst days of my life.

He survived - but the vet bill was over $5,000.

Pygmy rattlesnakes and southeastern diamond backs are pervasive in FL suburbia - particularly pygmies that can look a lot like small black racers.

Have a chat with your neighbors before declaring your yard snake free.

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Alana33
February 22, 2017 01:00PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,676

Thanks for the head's up.
I didn't think my yard would be completely snake free but I won't have to worry about gators, in or out of the pool, at least!

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

singlefin
February 22, 2017 01:07PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 601

We need to import Honey Badgers. They'll clear this whole loose snake issue up... no problem.

Of course that may lead to a Honey Badger problem. confused smiley

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

vicanuck
February 22, 2017 02:10PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,182

I'm not the least bit concerned about boas or pythons having handled them extensively.

They might actually be good for controlling the feral cat and dog population.

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

speee1dy
February 22, 2017 02:42PM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,381

we have had them for a few years now, that i have heard of. big boas or pythons. something big

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Jumbie
February 22, 2017 03:42PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 667

It is troublesome that there are a couple hundred red tail boa constrictors on STX according to several sources. Some as long as 5-6 feet have been sighted. They are currently pretty much concentrated in the NW section of STX. How a few got here in the 1st place is disturbing & they rapidly are multiplying. Some claim they were pets & released, others claim they came here on Hovensa ships. Total riddance should be a priority. They are at the top of the food chain here & have no enemy except man. These boa constrictors might not concern some people but it sure bothers the hell out of me.

Jumble

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

sttanon
February 22, 2017 03:47PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 266

They had local Boas at agfair a few yrs back, kinda old news.......

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

LiquidFluoride
February 22, 2017 04:06PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 1,940

Quote
Jumbie
It is troublesome that there are a couple hundred red tail boa constrictors on STX according to several sources. Some as long as 5-6 feet have been sighted. They are currently pretty much concentrated in the NW section of STX. How a few got here in the 1st place is disturbing & they rapidly are multiplying. Some claim they were pets & released, others claim they came here on Hovensa ships. Total riddance should be a priority. They are at the top of the food chain here & have no enemy except man. These boa constrictors might not concern some people but it sure bothers the hell out of me.

Jumble

Yeah, but think about their impact.. what are they eating?

My bet: rats and mongoose... invasive anyway... so why bother with any effort?

I'm PERFECTLY fine with loose "pets" on the island (since they are already there and we can't do much about it).. if it was a Mamba or pit viper... I'd be concerned.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/22/2017 04:07PM by LiquidFluoride.

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Alana33
February 22, 2017 04:32PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,676

"Boas are parthenogenic, meaning a female can reproduce without a male, which adds to the problem of estimating numbers, he added."

"The red tail snakes are not venomous, Coles said, but they have a nasty bite that can lead to infection. They climb as well as slither on the ground and are attracted to food sources such as rodents, birds and small dogs and cats."

I'd imagine all sorts of small prey are at risk including frogs, lizards,baby iguanas, bats, etc.
Now, if they only ate feral chickens and roosters....!

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

singlefin
February 22, 2017 09:25PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 601

Can the consume large politicians?

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Alana33
February 22, 2017 11:39PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,676

Even better...if only!

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

SunnyCyn
February 22, 2017 11:51PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 65

How terrible about your little dog, GatorsMom!

I'm a FL native and my older sister was bitten by a pigmy rattler when I was a child. Thankfully, her hand was saved, and she later went on to keep snakes as pets for years, but the incident stayed with me. Not a snake lover!

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Bassman
February 24, 2017 05:38PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 206

I thought mongoose dem were natural predators of snakes.

Re: STX NO LONGER SNAKE FREE!

Alana33
February 24, 2017 08:18PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,676

Not huge ones. The pythons are preying on Mongoose.

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