Hurricane Irma: Florida health department warns people to 'be alert' to pythons and alligators

Floridians have been told to 'be aware' of the danger posed by giant reptiles

Floridians have been told to 'be aware' of the danger posed by giant reptiles

Monday, September 11, 2017

Florida's department of health has warned people to "be alert" to pythons and alligators which may have been displaced during Hurricane Irma.

The huge storm has ripped through southern Florida and decimated the everglades, the sprawling swamp which is home to many exotic animal species.

As well as alligators, the Everglades has become home to thousands of pet pythons which have emerged into the wild after being flushed down the toilet by their owners.

There have already been a number of sightings of alligators wandering through suburban neighbourhoods, having been displaced by the storm.

Now, in an attempt to alleviate the potential danger, the local health department has urged those caught up in Irma to "be alert to wildlife - snakes, alligators, etc. [which] may have been displaced as a result of strong winds or rain."

What people are supposed to do if they actually encounter one of the deadly reptiles isn't made clear, however.

 

 

 

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