Fargo Forum: A man who moved from Florida to Dilworth last summer admitted today that he allowed his 32 ball python snakes to freeze to death in an unheated storage unit in Glyndon last winter. “I just couldn’t find any place to put them,” 50-year-old Henry Ward Atherton Jr. said in Clay County District Court. Atherton pleaded guilty to all three charges against him: one felony and two misdemeanors counts of mistreatment of animals.
USA Today: Sightings of raccoons are down 99.3%, opossums 98.9% and white-tailed deer 94.1%. According to Linda Friar with Everglades. National Park, park personnel have captured or killed 1,825 pythons since 2000.
- PYTHON by Carina Nolan (pythonthriller.wordpress.com)
- Python hunter searches Florida Everglades for snake invaders (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- Scientists discover new threat to birds posed by invasive pythons (eurekalert.org)
- Scientists discover new threat to birds posed by invasive pythons (esciencenews.com)
- Dilworth Man Pleads Guilty in Dead Snakes Case (kstp.com)
- How the introduction of a large predator can dramatically change an ecosystem (retrieverman.wordpress.com)
- Florida native bird population could be decimated by invasive pythons (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- New threat to birds posed by invasive pythons (sciencedaily.com)
- Everglades is now U.S. python pit (newsobserver.com)
- Labradors track down invasive Burmese pythons (retrieverman.wordpress.com)