Lunch break: Python maintenance

at 01:02 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Miami Dade’s Fire and Rescue department demonstrates how best to remove a 13-foot Burmese python from your pool.

Back in 2009, Burkhard Bilger wrote a fascinating New Yorker piece on Florida’s nightmarish struggles with the Burmese python and other invasive species. One key bit: “Even a small snake can cause a sizable wound and squeeze your arm hard enough to cut off the blood flow. The large ones have been known to swallow leopards whole.”

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