The pilot project, being funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is also relatively cheap: just $68,888 for two tribesmen and two translators for two months.
Armed only with tire irons to punch through dense burma reed and sharp limestone rock and trailed by biologists, the pair are on the lookout for the sparkle of snakeskin in the bush
Almost 70 grand for what ? Has the cost of tire irons gone up that much ?
Metzger said. So far, the Irula effort works out to about $4,920 per snake
So it cost five grand a snake for these two guys to find one in Florida. But everywhere else the big python's are hunted. Trappers get maybe 12 bucks a snake give or take. And that is only if the animal is in flawless condition. When I go looking for pythons. It cost me about 30 bucks in gas and cheese burgers per snake.
“We’re going to be calculating python per dollar and python per hour,” he said.
I can do that calculating for them right now. The answer is these guys are stealing tax payer dollars hand over fist.
Since the Irula have been so successful in their homeland at removing pythons, we are hoping they can teach people in Florida some of these skills,”
They have been successful because there was a lot of snakes to catch and a lot of people out catching them. Mass collection = Mass population.
There is no secret snake catcher magic. Everyone knows the python's habits. What they like. The only difference is the amount of time put in. The more you do it the better you get. You develop an eye for it but that doesn't exclude you from the fact that snake hunting for the most part comes down to gamblers luck. Only when snakes are abundant is it possible to find any snakes. To this extent snake hunting is self-controlling. Once the snake population drops off to a certain level the rate of encounter falls with it. It becomes impossible to find them. These guys are finding snakes now because conditions are prime.
But the number of voracious snakes, blamed for nearly wiping out the population of small mammals in Everglades National Park, keeps growing.
If the food source has been nearly wiped out how does the population of snakes keep growing? As it has been amply demonstrated the "decline" of small mammals is nothing more then a biological hoax. The study's prove that the majority of the python's diet consist of invasive rats (what a surprise). Another fact is that the entire range of the introduced python's is comprised of less then 2% of undisturbed native habitat and is home to more non native species (thousands including nine species of mammals) then any place on earth.