The abundance of pythons in the Everglades is old news. (Remember that alligator fight?) But a couple weeks ago, we got news that the pythons in the Everglades can now swim in salt water. And more recently, experts have suggested that the number of mammals in the Everglades -- species like adorable bunnies, raccoons, and opossums -- has dropped, likely because the pythons are eating them.
This can mean only one thing: Pythons are poised to take over South Florida. And maybe also the world.
Here's our theory: The Everglades pythons are pissed at their former owners for ditching them out in the Everglades in the first place, and they're planning to take it out on the whole human race. They've been biding their time in the swamp, growing larger and stronger, and testing their strength against any innocent creature that crosses their paths. But now, there's no prey left in the Everglades. Training camp is over. The scaly bastards could be upon us at any moment. And no one knows exactly how many pythons are out there -- thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Millions of angry snakes, attacking our homes, our families, our darling chihuahuas?
There's only one thing we can do: Welcome our new python overlords, praying they keep us alive as slaves instead of letting us suffocate to death as we're slowly metabolized inside their remarkably stretchy bodies.
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Slither at least 30 min a day
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Pythons must recognize that, right? So start practicing your snake moves now. You'll find that slithering is a great core workout, and it'll toughen up the skin on your abdomen, which will be useful when our new ruling class of pythons forbids us from walking on two feet. If you can do the worm, maybe they'll make you a court jester. If not, they will eat you.
Learn the language
You know how it is -- if you live in Miami, you're expected to know at least a little bit of Spanish. It's called being a good citizen. So when the pythons take over, you'll be expected to hiss. Not fluently, of course -- just enough to ask where the bathroom is and order a cafe con leche. How embarrassed will you be if a snake asks you a question and you can't understand him? Not embarrassed at all, actually, because you'll be eaten immediately.
Burn All Snakeskin Goods
Too long have we oppressed the superior snake species, keeping them in glass aquariums, feeding them measly pet shop rodents, and even worse, wearing their skin as a badge of honor. If you're an owner of snakeskin, we suggest you get rid of it, and fast. (In fairness, you should probably do that anyway -- what, are you auditioning for Swamp People?)
Repurpose Jungle Island
We're gonna have to give our new masters something as a show of faith. And the newly established Python Nation's going to need a headquarters anyway. Plus, if any living being has the power to overcome an onslaught of evil pythons, it's the liger. She may be our only hope! (Ha-ha, we're just kidding, pythons! Please don't eat us!)
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Stop quoting Monty Python
Pythons hate that shit. Trust us.