Listen Now: Florida’s Fashion-Forward Face Masks
Most people are wearing masks, some for health and others for health and fashion.
The Florida Everglades face two large problems: giant pythons and iguanas. Both are damaging the state’s ecosystem and, in some cases, officials have allowed the reptiles to be hunted.
Now one Florida man says he has come up with another solution. Face masks made of reptile skin. The 63-year-old owner of “All-American Gator Products” says he turned something very serious into a fashion statement. Plus, he is solving multiple problems. Iguanas and pythons destroying parts of Florida, and the need for people to wear face masks.
The face masks sell on his facebook page for about ninety dollars. To help the cause, snake hunters are showing up on his property with large pythons ready to be made into a product. Officials say the pythons were probably brought into the everglades as pets but were released into the wild when they grew too big. They can get up to twenty feet long, eating everything from rats to deer.
They currently have no predators, unless you count fashion influencers.
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