Okay; so I made up that up.
But many biologists agree that the proliferation of exotic, non-native species in Florida is a problem that's only getting worse.
The National Geographic Channel tried to put the problem in perspective this past week with its excellent documentary, "Python Wars," which airs again tomorrow.
My friend Jeff Klinkenberg, who writes about Florida for the St. Petersburg Times, wrote about Florida's iguana problem last summer.
My first encounter with an invader snake was over 20 years ago when I photographed wildlife trappers Todd Hardwick and Joe Wasilewski with a 20 ft. long reticulated python they caught under a house in Ft. Lauderdale.
Back then that capture was played on front pages around the world. It was big news. Twenty years later, captures like that are commonplace.
And if all of that isn't enough to scare you, Animal Planet will be airing another killer snake documentary with a scary title next month.
"Killer Aliens" will premiere Sunday, March 14 from 8 to 10 p.m.
The press release describes the program this way:
The Sunshine State is being overrun by lethal Burmese pythons, feral hogs, Nile monitor lizards, and Gambian rats the size of cats - all non-native species that have been imported by humans. These foreign invaders are wreaking havoc on the ecosystem and natural species are being thwarted. With no natural predators, their populations continue to spread rapidly throughout the state, spreading disease, destroying vegetation and crops, preying on native species and in the worst cases harming humans. It's a race against time to fight this ecosystem nightmare.You've been warned. Now run for your lives!