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Burmese Pythons in the Everglades

Invasive species threatens native animals

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The Burmese python, able to grow as long as 20 feet and weigh up to 200 pounds, has invaded the Everglades. The snakes apparently were introduced into the Glades by owners who could no longer deal with their pets.

Several thousand Burmese pythons have been removed from the park and surrounding areas since 2002. However, considering a female can lay from 30 to 50 fertile eggs at a time, the Burmese python population continues to increase dramatically.  

When fully grown, the snakes are voracious feeders. They will attack raccoons, bobcats, rabbits and even large birds like the limpkin.

They are considered a serious threat to numerous Glades species including juvenile alligators and crocodiles and native snakes such as the threatened indigo snake.

At this point, the snakes seem here to stay, with little hope of eradicating them. See what Everglades National Park officials have to say about the situation.

The park staff also has extensive research materials available.  


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