Ecosystems

Invasive Species

Everglades Invasive Species

The USGS develops strategies and techniques to understand and facilitate restoration of native species and habitats affected by invasive species.  This is critical because control without restoration can leave the ecosystem vulnerable to subsequent reinvasion by the same or additional invasive species.   

Burmese Python

News

Grappling with Pythons in Florida

The total number of pythons in the Everglades is hard to estimate because they are difficult to find. Pythons possess excellent camouflage and are ambush predators, lying in wait to strike until prey cross their path. Scientists estimate that every snake sighted indicates 100 more in the wild.

Burmese Python Hatchlings Seen on Key Largo

Burmese python hatchlings have been spotted for the first time on Key Largo, a discovery that’s prompting officials to send postcards to homeowners there asking for help spotting the elusive snake.

Burmese Python Habitat Use Patterns May Help Control Efforts

Scientists have identified the size of a Burmese python’s home range and discovered they share some “common areas” that multiple snakes use.

Research Highlights

Giant Constrictor Snakes in Florida: A Sizeable Research Challenge

Recent Publications

Challenges to a molecular approach to prey identification in the Burmese python, Python molurus bivittatus

Home range, habitat use, and movement patterns of non-native Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling improves occurrence and detection estimates of invasive Burmese pythons

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Top Photo: Close up of a Burmese python. Photo courtesy of Rick Engeman, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service.