You know you're in trouble when your only defender is a company named "Bigglesworth." Welcome to the sordid existence of South Florida's most hated species: the Burmese python. This creature is so hated that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last year assembled a ragtag crew of ... More >>
The 2006 image of the aftermath of an Everglades showdown between an invasive Burmese python and a native alligator has become oddly iconic in all its gruesome glory. Neither animal survived the encounter. Well, authorities out in the Everglades recently discovered a rematch, and let's just say tha ... More >>
Over 800 manatees have died this year in Florida waters; the highest number of deaths recorded since records were initiated back in the '70s. That's sixteen percent of the state's total population, and more than twice the number of manatees that died last year.
Manatees are for looking but not touching. Even people who lack common sense should have learned that after Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez turned herself in for attempting to ride a manatee in the Tampa Bay area.Not everyone got the message. Ryan William Waterman, a 21-year-old Fort Pierce man, has bee ... More >>
Experts around the country have raised all kinds of concerns about Florida's mass orgy of python killing set for this weekend. Would-be snake hunters only have to read a couple of PDFs to qualify, leaving them in grave danger of death by dehydration, snake bite, swamp rot and god knows what other Ev ... More >>
Invasive pythons continue to reek havoc through out Florida's swampy ecosystems, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a novel way to help control the population: a hunting contest. Yes, the FWC is offering prize money for the most pythons bagged overal ... More >>
An unidentified woman was seen hitching a ride on the back of a manatee in the waters off Fort De Soto Park in the Tampa Bay area, which runs afoul of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.Now authorities are looking for the manatee molester.
If you see a large group of manatees suddenly show up in shallow water and start rubbing up against each other, there's a good chance they're humping, and you shouldn't try to interrupt them.Recently, such a group has appeared near Siesta Beach on Siesta Key, and wildlife officials have had to remin ... More >>
Somewhere in Biscayne Bay there is a pod of manatees laughing their fat, mossy asses off.Aristides Lorenzo Rodriguez, 43, was sentenced to a year of probation yesterday for repeatedly violating speed limits in a manatee zone. Clearly, a federal judge Jonathan Goodman is trying to scare Rodriguez int ... More >>
Peter Cottontail's Florida cousin is no longer hopping down any bunny trails in the Everglades. That's because he was eaten by a python.A new study says that rabbits may have been completely eliminated from areas of the Everglades where invasive snake populations are the most heavy. Bobcats, racc ... More >>
Ken Salazar, our cowboy hat-wearing Secretary of the Interior, is expected to announce a ban on importing Burmese pythons today while visiting the Everglades. "The Burmese python has already gained a foothold in the Florida Everglades, and we must do all we can to battle its spread and to pre ... More >>
It was dusk and the fading twilight glistened purple and orange across the gentle ripples of Biscayne Bay. A mile from land a fishing boat dumped a bag of chum in the water and a crowd of hungry pelicans began to fight each other for food. It was the end of another day, a long day at that--and ev ... More >>
Photo by Kit CurtinA manatee with a strikingly well designed piece of canal garbage. (Not a posed photo, Curtin says.)In a murky, garbage-strewn canal next to a dilapidated apartment complex, a mossy-colored beast breaks the water's surface. The manatee looks as out of place in this hood as a thr ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsNo Ke$has were harmed by Clemente DiMuro.Ah, Miami. So close to the Everglades. So far from sanity.It's a dangerous combination. For instance, when poachers such as Clemente DiMuro shoot protected anhinga "snakebirds," chop off their pretty feathers, and sell them on the Internet ... More >>
Members of Florida Tea Party groups are so upset with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to save manatees that they are claiming that new rules to possibly be imposed in famous Kings Bay would not only go against the Bible, but also are part of a vast United Nations conspiracy ... More >>
The great alien python menace continues to ravage to the delicate ecosystem of the Everglades, and scientists hoped that last January's historic cold snap would put a big dent in the invasive snake population. Unfortunately, most of those slimy bastards managed to survive the big chill. Not even ... More >>
A family of ververt monkeys that have roamed freely in Broward County since the 1950s has recently relocated to a patch of trees near the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, according to Local 10. Which is adorable and all, but, you guys, they also report that "a raccoon is treated l ... More >>
Florida Lobsters. Lobster enthusiasts should gas up their boats. Lobster miniseason begins tomorrow. Or tonight at 12:01 a.m. to be exact. The two-day lobster hunt is an opportunity for novice fishermen to be out on the water, drink, and, of course, catch lobsters.If this is your first time on th ... More >>
Bad news for lovers of giant snakes, killing babies, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson: Burmese pythons have been banned in Florida. On Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission signed new rules that prohibit anyone from owning Burmese pythons and, actually, any other "reptiles of concern" as p ... More >>
Bethany Berg Via Flicker CCThe ad on Craigslist Miami shows a photo of two large black snakes slithering on white carpet. "Ball Pythons for Cheap," the headline reads. "They are very tame and eat one mouse a week." Scroll down a bit and find a "dwarf pastel Colombian redtail boa" for $160. A bit f ... More >>
The idea of the government asking people to take there hunting equipment out into the Everglades and swamps of Florida to end the lives of "reptiles of concern like" may not have been the most humane thing, but boy were we excited. We mean, these snakes could kills us and our young children and our ... More >>
toon by Alex IzaguirreWe hate to have to tell you this, but if six restaurants have been shut down for rats and roaches so far this month. How many do you think are getting away with it?How many plastic-smiling waitresses have you tipped while they knowingly handed you food that had been in a kit ... More >>
via South Florida Water Management District/Sun-SentinelThe great snake scourge of the Everglades continues to thrive despite the recent cold snap and Sen. Bill Nelson's giant snake killing parties.During a recent sweep, state officials found five African rock pythons, including a 14-foot-female ... More >>
The news for Florida manatees started off strong last year, as wildlife officials announced that their survey found a record number of manatees in our waters. In fact, they had found 500 more than ever before, but 2009 ended on a sour note when 429 manatees were estimated to have died. Much like ano ... More >>
An emergency order disposition to a routine food inspection at a restaurant means "conditions have been found that endanger the health and safety of the public requiring immediate closure of the establishment. "Here are three restaurants whose facilities were temporarily closed by health inspecto ... More >>
Head over to the merry old land of Wales where they are less than familiar with the joys of America's favorite sport, and mention "Dolphins Football," and the wildcat offense might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Depending on how imaginative your new Welsh friend is, he might giggle at th ... More >>
Last week, I wrote about a coalition of scientists trying to stop the next dangerous exotic invader from taking over the Everglades. via Wikimedia CommonsAt this point, it's probably just best to run and scream.Dennis Giardina, a botanist who co-chairs the group, took me on a hunt for nile monito ... More >>
It's too late to stop the pythons. The real question is, what's next?
It's not the usual edgy stuff, but this Miami Science Museum show has some bite.
The film expertly exposes the horrific treatment of dolphins, but what about the uglies?
via Florida Fish & Wildlife Here's the giant snake that's on the front page of every local news website, so why not ours too? Slow news day. As part of the insane/awesome new government initiative to kill every Burmese python in the wild, this 17-footer was caught yesterda ... More >>
In certain times and places in U.S. history, the answer to every political problem was probably "Let's get a bunch of guys with guns together and solve this." Nowadays, this idea seems to be seriously considered only in matters of Middle East diplomacy, but Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is suggesting a ... More >>