"SKINNER Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.
LISA But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
SKINNER No problem. We simply unleash wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
LISA But aren't the snakes even worse?
SKINNER Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
LISA But then we're stuck with gorillas!
SKINNER No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death."
jaguars, at least, wouldn't be being introduced but re-introduced.
noahA does a pretty good job of explaining why the current thinking is that invasive species are a very bad thing but I agree it's a form of hubris to think we can control these things when humans seem to want to follow a whole other set of behaviors. Still, I think it's a good idea to try to motivate good stewardship.
Here's an incomplete list of other invasive species in the Everglades:
This is just what Florida needs: Jaguars.
I can already imagine the new "floridaman" headlines...
On top of that, what could go wrong?
I thought you were joking but it's probably just a typo.
Unfortunately, it looks like their carcasses are toxic. So food cycling them won't work.
Anyone know how to cost-effectively bioremediate mercury laden materials?
> Pythons face few predators here. In the spring, each adult female lays up to 100 eggs. Once her female children reach the age of four, they too begin to breed.
How many pythons would need to be caught each year
to reduce the population to, say, less than 1,000?
I think this infestation may need a different approach.
There are no snakes where I live, and I'm extremely uncomfortable just thinking about the possibility of one entering your home or seeing one.
Imagine cleaning your garage and finding a snake curled up behind some stuff, the state of terror I would be in is out of this world.
Growing up I was always told "Snakes are more afraid of you then you are of them" and "Snakes are only hostile if you provoke them."
You hear stories from time to time about people's dogs being attacked by snakes but never really a concern. I've had lizards wander into my house (occasionally on the larger side - a few years ago I heard rustling in my kitchen found a Lizard that was about 20cm - picked it up with a beach towel and released it outside) but thankfully never any snakes.
Poisonous spiders are more of a concern for me then snakes, especially Redback's. I've found these in my house multiple times.
The funnel web on the other hand, is a nasty piece of work ...
I like seeing them, but the presence of venomous snakes are a cause for concern for pets and kids. So when we walk in the garden we try to be noisy and alert.
in the US the main snake everyone gets warned about is the coral snake, which has a distinctive pattern and is very poisonous.
I know a lot of people in Kansas/Iowa/Missouri/Nebraska that are sure they've been in cottonmouth/water moccasin-infested areas, but the truth is neither snake actually occurs in those area.
Similarly with Copperheads, although those do occur in a sliver of eastern Kansas and most of Missouri.
Coral snakes only occur in the extreme south and east reaches of the US, but people worry about them everywhere. Probably because the harmless milk snake occurs in most of the US and people don't know the difference.
Kraits can be deadly in India. I've read that sometimes you cannot even feel their bite, but their venom can kill you.
The article reminded me of Romulus Whitaker:
This seems to reference a similar stat: http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Reptile-News/2008/07/07/Veno...
Anybody know the population numbers or the growth rate (the pythons that is) as I'm suspecting that kind of removal rate would only be useful in controlling small area's of land and have little/negligible effect upon the overall population.
I’m mentioning that because that page has a few strong contenders for the “meaningless graph of the year” award. Did you know that the total length of pythons eliminated was over twice the maximum depth of the Grand Canyon or that their weight was less than that of two male African elephants?
So, if you take a male American elephants weight of pythons stupid enough to be hunted and place them head to tail, you can make a rope that allows you to abseil the Grand Canyon.
But perhaps more tech could help too.
I think the problem too, is incentives.
Everglades is a dangerous place...
But sponsored hunts pay little
Hunters earn $8.10 per hour for up to eight hours daily, $50 bonus for each python measuring up to four feet (plus an extra $25 for each additional foot), and $200 for each eliminated python nest with eggs.
Finding nests is very hard... Basically one needs to add a tracker to the animal to see where they go.
In general invasive species that kill native species is a problem all over the world...
There should be a well thought out and, most importantly replicatable, corruption-free process how to deal with it (as well as other man-made natural catastrophes).
Also drone != flying. Something terrestrial could do the job. You could also sell it to DoD to repurpose it for jungle warfare.
And problem solved.
My comment was a test, I wanted to see how it played out. Even with such common knowledge topic, I see that there is not enough "tone" in my comment for people to be able to read its intention.
This is a similar case to Poe's law.
Next time I will try with ";)". I guess that it will clarify the intent of the comment.
So, no fault in the people that did not notice. Next time I will do better.
So, probably better money than driving an Uber, but not by much.