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Burmese Python

Florida offers cash prizes to catch invasive Burmese pythons

A Florida python hunter handles one of his pet snakes. Photo: EPA

The battle to control Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades has involved an array of tactics, including snake-sniffing dogs, GPS-equipped snakes and teams of state-licensed and trained reptile wranglers.

Friday, 7 December, 2012, 5:46am

Who said it?

He was a very nice guy ... very, very smart, a little weird

Jessica Cade, 23, who knew Batman shooter James Holmes (pictured) at college

These important animals ... deserve our fullest respect and protection

SPCA chief Sandy Macalister on the decision to release Burmese pythons into the countryside

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rogue snake suspected of attacks on dogs

An aggressive Burmese python may be responsible for all three attacks in the past four years on large dogs on the Pak Tam Chung walking trail beside the Sai Kung Country Park.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

An exotic reptile

Quick Facts

Common name: Burmese python

Scientific name: Python molurus bivittatus

Native home: Southeast Asia's rain forests

Estimated numbers: Uncertain. Protected in Hong Kong

Size: Adults grow up to eight metres long and weigh about 180 kilograms. Females are typically larger than males.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Constricted thinking about snakes is irresponsible

Snakes are not, to many people, one of nature's more endearing creatures. Giant pythons appear to be particularly threatening. When they occasionally show up on our country park trails, they understandably cause alarm. This is what happened a fortnight ago when a hiker had to wrestle her pet dog from the grip of such a snake.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Sai Kung villagers horrified as giant python grapples with goat

A group of shocked Sai Kung villagers yesterday fought a fruitless battle to save a goat from the coils of a 3-metre python.

Villager Mr Yau watched in horror in Tseng Lan Shue as the giant snake wrapped itself around the black goat, constricting the animal before trying to swallow it whole just before 10am.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Snakes caught in the SAR are sent to animal centres or zoos or released in the wild in China

From time to time we come across newspaper reports about stray wild animals, like deer and pythons, being caught by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).

The question is, where do these animals then go? The AFCD has an 'emigration policy' for stray pythons.

21 Jun 2001 - 12:00am