2/2/10 Any truth about the rumors of "snake" growth due to pets being released when they get too big? suppose to be close to Lakes/water?

Asked by Busylady, Weirton, WV Wed Feb 3, 2010

We've been looking in Port charlotte & North Port areas for 2nd home in winter? Wanting recommendations.

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Leslie Poole, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Wed Feb 3, 2010
Busy lady,

We occassionaly see in the news reports of snakes being let out in the wild as they get too big for the owners. Same is true with Iguana's which seems to be more of an issue than the snakes. For example, Boca Grande has a growing population of Iguanas which are not indigenous to this area. Our recent cold snap was expected to kill some of these predators.

If you are currently working with a Realtor, you may want to pose this question for the specific areas you are looking at. I would recommend a pest inspection when you are ready to buy.

If you aren't working with a realtor, please feel free to call or email me and I can help you.

My website will provide you with the ability to search homes in the area, though I'm quite sure that none will mention snakes!!

Best regards,

Leslie J. Poole, SFR
Century 21 Aztec & Associates
4456 Tamiami Trail
Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980
Direct: 941-235-5644
Cell: 941-286-4789
Web Reference:  http://lesliepoolehomes.com
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Anne Kyer, Agent, North Port, FL
Wed Feb 3, 2010
Hello Busylady,

All that I can tell you is that I have lived in North Port for 7 years and work in Port Charlotte and I have only seen 1 small snake since being here.

Anne Kyer
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty, Inc.
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John Bennett, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Feb 3, 2010
Don, we do have a python problem down here. I grew up in the Everglades and I still head for the glades whenever I get a chance to catch Snook. Have seen several of these HUGE snakes hanging around.
Understand they are going to have hunting of snakes allowed in the glades to cut down their number.

If you would like to come down, I will take you to the glades and let you handle one of these false myths.

And Bill is right - with the exception of the cotton mouth they run away.
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John Bennett, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Feb 3, 2010
Hey Bill you have any good Snake recipes? Remember eating rattler as a kid when growing up in Davie, when Davie was the wild West

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Wed Feb 3, 2010
On the other hand, you may enjoy these links. There's a great site called Snopes (http://www.snopes.com) that examines urban myths and other reports. Turns out some of what they investigate is true. Most is false. Here's a link to Snopes' snake page:


And here's a page about "lethal lurkers" including reports of alligators underneath New York (including those supposedly bought as pets but released when they got too large):


Have fun!
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Dianne Hicks, Agent, Rancho Bernardo, CA
Wed Feb 3, 2010
WOW... Thank was a very interesting article John and good question Busylady. What a crying shame about the child. This is something I have not heard, of course I don't live there but a surprise never the less.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Feb 3, 2010

Hurricanes, lightning, alligators, bugs, red tide, flooding zones, snakes etc. etc. are all minor issues that are made out to be much bigger than they are.....for whatever reason!

The reality is regardless of where you live there will be some negative issues associated with it that are "blown out of proportion."

Florida has snakes and if you spend enough time here, you may see one but it will no doubt be traveling in the other direction...away from you, since they are more afraid of you than you are of them.....

We would be happy to hear more of our Florida questions and possibly share some of our property "Best Buys."

Good luck

The Eckler Team
Michael Saunders & Company
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John Bennett, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Feb 3, 2010
Yep all over the place.

here is a good artical

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