Swamp Apes, PTSD and Pythons in the Everglades
December 22, 2017 11:50am CST
I have been fascinated (and little horrified) at the thought of Burmese Pythons, turned loose in the Everglades by irresponsible "pet" owners. They are decimating the Everglades native species can grow to nearly 20 feet in length and over 100 pounds. That is one big ugly snake! Lots of people hunt these monsters, but I heard a story this week of a group of US military veterans who call themselves the Swamp Apes, who combat their PTSD problems with camaraderie and the thrill of the hunt in capturing these big snakes. One vet I read about says, it helps keep away the nightmares. Most of the captured snakes are euthanized by authorities. The "Apes" have been around for a few years now trying to reduce the python population, which is estimated at over 100,000 and doing themselves some good too. Link to the Swamp Apes website:
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• Gainesville, Florida
Wow, as a Floridian who hears and reads about the pythons all the time, I must admit I hadn't heard about the Swamp Apes! That is awesome what they are doing! Those snakes are so darn elusive, despite their giant size, so it must be a great thrill for these guys to hunt and capture them!
• Bunbury, Australia
@JamesHxstatic There are four Vietnam vets in Vince's casual golf group and they are TPIs (totally and permanently incapacitated). They all have PTSD. I think the golf (which involves a lot of banter followed by coffee and chips) is quite therapeutic for them too. While we were away, one 'regressed' and spent about 10 weeks in hospital. Thankfully he seems much better now.