Florida's Swamp Snakes Are Now Reality TV Superstars

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Could The Real Swamp Snakes of Everglades City or America's Next Top Invasive Species be coming to your television set anytime soon? Possibly. Over the next two months, not one, but two cable channels are set to roll out reality television shows based on snakes living in the swamps of Florida and the people who catch them, with Discovery trying to charm us with Swamp Brothers and Swamp War slithering its way into Animal Planet's schedule. War coincidentally follows a division of the Miami-Dade Fire Department.

Swamp Brothers is set to debut March 13 on Discovery, and follows an Odd Couple-like set of brothers as they try and capture snakes. The action takes place in central Florida in Sumter County, and Robbie Keszey is an experience and hardened capturer of snakes and other Florida wildlife, while his brother Stephen, a former New York City bartender, tries to join his brother's business but freaks out whenever he's close to snakes. This is what passes for American TV in 2011, we guess.

Check out the trailer, complete with Lady Gaga music, below:

Swamp War takes place closer to home, and follows the Venom One rescue unit, which is actually a division of the Miami-Dade fire department. No trailer has hit YouTube yet, but here's the summary from Animal Planet:
When people think of Miami, they think of the ultimate vacation -- lying on the beach, sport fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. While Miami offers all of these things, South Florida is a giant swamp filled with snakes. Snakes are everywhere. One hundred percent of yards in Miami have snakes; you just can't always see them, not to mention, dangerous alligators, vicious Tegu lizards and Africanized bees. When it comes to the planet's most venomous creatures, there is only one team who has the knowledge and fearlessness to battle them -- Venom One. Venom One team is an elite group of specially trained fire fighter/paramedics within Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. It's the only emergency response team of its kind, and it currently holds the largest anti-venom bank in the world. In this docu-drama series, viewers witness the intensity and urgency of the job as this courageous team takes down killer snakes, rushes against the clock to deliver anti-venoms and ultimately saves lives.
Swamp War premiers on Animal Planet sometime in June.

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Catvan
Catvan

I do not understand why there are people who want to save snakes.  I have been watching aVprogram on TV about snakes and other animales in Flordia.  I do not understand why they just do not kill tha snakes that are a threat to the comminunity.  It is not like these snakes are a indangered species.  These snakes are a threat to the people who live in these areas.  Get rid of them.  If these programs are to make money for the people who appear in them, then It is stuipid to let these snakes live and reproduce..  Take care of the problem befoe it gets to the point where it cannot be taken care of.

anon_e_m00se
anon_e_m00se

That's good news for the MDFR Venom 1 folks. While it remains to be seen if it'll make for exciting TV, I'm glad to see them recognized. They do a really good service to the community, and in fact the nation... a job that goes under the radar of most people.

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