Burmese pythons

It’s pythons vs. hogs, as Gators face off against Dawgs

Pigs and pythons are on the line as the Gators vs. Bulldogs clash Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville.

After much teasing throughout the week that a gubernatorial bet was in the works for the gridiron clash between the 6th ranked University of Florida and 8th ranked University of Georgia, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted out videos of what they were putting on the line.

A UF victory means the governors would head to the Everglades to help hunt Burmese pythons.

“We need the help. We’re making progress. But I’d love to see the Gators win and Gov. Kemp come down there. And who knows, you may end up with a pair of python boots on the end of it,” DeSantis said in his video.

A Georgia win, meanwhile, sends DeSantis into Southern Georgia, where feral pigs are infesting area farms.

“I know that wild hog sausage is a lot better than python,” Kemp said.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

By NSF’s relentless Jim Turner.

Snakes alive! British invasion, a la Gordon Ramsay, cooks up pythons

snakesBritish celeb chef Gordon Ramsay could be Florida’s most high-profile snake-wrangler yet.

In the photo above, that’s Ramsay — the sharp-tongued host of “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay,” and the star of a variety of other culinary and invective-based shows — and his son, Jack, with South Florida Water Management District Python Hunter Kyle Penniston and Jason Catarineau, along with two of the group’s three victims snagged Saturday.

Ramsay joined the Sunshine State’s efforts to rid the Everglades of Burmese pythons, an invasive species that have wreaked havoc on the region’s wildlife and scared the you-know-what out of countless homeowners, who’ve discovered the creatures slithering up door frames, chilling out in garages, or in other locales where, let’s face it, snakes just shouldn’t be found.

Ramsay will dedicate a part of his “F Word” FOX series to the Saturday hunt along the banks of the L-28 Tieback Canal in western Miami-Dade County.

According to the South Florida Water Management District (which provided the photo), Ramsay joined Kyle Penniston, one of the most successful hunters in the district’s python elimination program, where they not only killed three snakes, but then used a portable oven to cook up the meat atop the levee.

The three snakes killed by Ramsay and his team makes a total of 317 pythons “eliminated” in the past four months by the SFWMD Governing Board’s Python Elimination program, according to a press release distributed by the district.


The show airs Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Posted by Jim Turner.