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Are pythons headed for dinner plates in Florida?

Are pythons headed for dinner plates in Florida?
The pythons decimating the Florida Everglades could soon be what's for dinner if their mercury content is deemed low enough to put snakes on a plate.

The effort is part of the state’s ongoing attempt to cull pythons, an invasive species, so they stop disrupting fragile ecosystems, fish and wildlife, experts said.(ShutterStock) “We would like to use consumption as another way to encourage people to remove pythons in Florida if the meat is safe to eat,” Carli Segelson, a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health are jointly investigating the snakes’ mercury levels to determine whether it’s safe to eat them.The invasive species that’s decimating the Florida Everglades could soon morph into snakes on a plate.

” Most Read The invasive species took hold in the 1980s, most likely from released pets, authorities suspect.One of those, Donna Kalil — who quit her real estate job to hunt pythons full time for the South Florida Water Management District — has been eating the meat for some time.

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