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    The Arikok National Park is conducting a campaign motivating people to capture boas which they can exchange for Afl. 10 per snake at the park's offices

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    yup.
    it was posted 1 and 2 on this thread

    Boa bounty
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    Article was in the morning news and the bounty 10 florin ($5.57) is for live boa turned into the Arikok headquarters between 4/16 and 5/16.

    Sounds like a crazy family outing for those interested.
    Ralph

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    Don't mean to alarm ANYONE....but I ran into "Aruba Slim" who is originally from Beaumont, TX. He makes his living (here in Aruba) catching the snakes such as the boa which have been invading the island. Don't know exactly how large the problem it.....but Slim indicated he has been pretty busy. Of course there is a rattlesnake species but is pretty much stays in the natural desert area.

    The one on Slim's arm was picked up the day before. The picture was taken at Baby Beach, in front of the Baby Beach Shack. Obviously Aruba is growing and there is lots of construction. Slim says the boa's come from Columbia via the cargo ships, particularly with all the sand that is imported. Like the other post mentioned the Government wants them eradicated NOW!!!! Anyway, as we were leaving the Beach, Slim and his wife were driving by and stopped......and lo and behold he had nabbed another one, which was cradled on his wife's arm. Those he has captured can reek terror to those afraid of snakes, but they are about 3 to 4 feet and the largest and only one he has seen with any significance was 8 foot. So, simply stay alert and be more careful of going in the brushy areas.

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    how does he make a living at it? the g'vmt only offers the 10 florin bounty every once in awhile . has he been hired as an independent contractor? sunscreen...if you get a chance read this entire thread if you haven't already done so. thanks for the update.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunscreen View Post
    Don't mean to alarm ANYONE....but I ran into "Aruba Slim" who is originally from Beaumont, TX. He makes his living (here in Aruba) catching the snakes such as the boa which have been invading the island. Don't know exactly how large the problem it.....but Slim indicated he has been pretty busy. Of course there is a rattlesnake species but is pretty much stays in the natural desert area.

    The one on Slim's arm was picked up the day before. The picture was taken at Baby Beach, in front of the Baby Beach Shack. Obviously Aruba is growing and there is lots of construction. Slim says the boa's come from Columbia via the cargo ships, particularly with all the sand that is imported. Like the other post mentioned the Government wants them eradicated NOW!!!! Anyway, as we were leaving the Beach, Slim and his wife were driving by and stopped......and lo and behold he had nabbed another one, which was cradled on his wife's arm. Those he has captured can reek terror to those afraid of snakes, but they are about 3 to 4 feet and the largest and only one he has seen with any significance was 8 foot. So, simply stay alert and be more careful of going in the brushy areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    We have rattlesnake hunts here in Oklahoma every year. Ive been on 2 of them but never saw a snake when hunting. Plenty of them brought in though. Its kinda like a fair or strawberry festival setting. The little town of Okeene hosts it each year. They have rides and games and all kinds of fair food and bbq. You can even get bbqd rattlesnake. Tastes like a cross between chicken and frog legs.

    p.s. You dont pick them up with your hands, you use a snake stick.

    Been there done that while I was stationed in North Texas I went to a few Oklahoma rattlesnake hunts. No luck though, it always seemed the other guys in front of me found all the snakes however my girlfriend at the time thought I was very brave.

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    ah....ha, you assume he is in it for the money????? Contrary, "Slim" is retired and merely does it due to his experience in handling reptiles and his commitment to nature. He has seen the rattlesnake in the natural area and those he has captured were released. The boa's on the other hand are not indigenous, so he KILLS them. As a matter of fact the one on his arm will be skinned by this time next week.

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    i did not assume he is in it for the money.
    you said "He makes his living (here in Aruba) catching the snakes such as the boa which have been invading the island."

    i wonder what he does with the skins?
    Quote Originally Posted by sunscreen View Post
    ah....ha, you assume he is in it for the money????? Contrary, "Slim" is retired and merely does it due to his experience in handling reptiles and his commitment to nature. He has seen the rattlesnake in the natural area and those he has captured were released. The boa's on the other hand are not indigenous, so he KILLS them. As a matter of fact the one on his arm will be skinned by this time next week.

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    Snake skins.... YUCK! (sorry)

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    Great story. LOVE it in fact. We should all be very concerned about the Boa problem (as well as the Lion Fish one).

    They are both overwhelming the indigenous populations.

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    I tried to convince Marj that we could reduce our vacation costs by having a vacation adventure hunting boas. She was totally unconvinced.

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