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 Post subject: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
PostPosted: January 24th, 2017, 7:29 pm 
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Well this is interesting.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/e ... 33064.html


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 Post subject: Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida
PostPosted: January 25th, 2017, 7:38 am 
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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 ?

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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.

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“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.

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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.


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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.

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PostPosted: January 25th, 2017, 4:23 pm 
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Speaking of $, how much money is saved by putting failed visual morphs in the freezer?


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PostPosted: January 31st, 2017, 4:02 pm 
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The idea of having Irula snake trackers train to target python has been percolating for years among Mazzotti; award-winning herpetologist Romulus Whitaker, a leading conservationist in India and alum of the old Miami Serpentarium; and another Serpentarium alum, South Florida herpetologist Joe Wasilewski.


To put this bullshit into perspective. At the core of this fiasco , Joe Wasilewski , Rom Whitaker and Frank Mazzotti.

Joe Wasilewski is called a wildlife biologist but he's really a wannabe "croc hunter' and doesn't know much about the snakes he drags around by the tail to impress the tourist. Rom Whitaker is better but no less in love with the camera. Mazzotti and the pack of flunkies that tag along are all doing this for the publicity. That's why this little inclusive rat pack got together. Mazzotti and friends need to keep the pythons in the news. Wasilewski and Whitaker just want to keep themselves in the news. No doubt they are hoping to pitch this escapade if they haven't already to National Geographic .

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Even to South Florida experts, Irula tracking techniques seem mysterious. They move slowly and rather than focus on roads and levees where snakes have typically been found basking, they head straight for thick brush.


Its mysterious to look for snakes in cover? Most people are lazy and snake hunting is hard work. People like to look for snakes by riding around and hoping to see one crossing the road or by going to easily accessible places with recognizable cover. Most snakes do not cross roads or live in easily accessible places. I'm not saying having the Irula tribesmen along would not be beneficial. The smell of curry and stale cigarette's could help to keep the bugs away.

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UF biologist Ed Metzger has so far determined that seven of the 13 snakes captured would not have been found without the trackers.

Irulas first spotted a tail near the 18-inch opening of a 27-foot long shaft covered by ficus roots.


Ed Metzger isn't going to report that the Irula tribesmen haven't been much help and put the kibosh on the potential for more funding. Four snakes were resting in the 27-foot long shaft and the Irula tribesmen were given credit for this discovery. I guess Wasilewski , Mazzotti and the rest of the tag along biologist are to stupid to investigate a perfect man made den site when searching for snakes.

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PostPosted: January 31st, 2017, 6:16 pm 
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