The odds of eradicating an introduced population of reptiles once it has spread across a large area are very low, pointing to the importance of prevention, early detection and rapid response.
What are important next steps to help prevent large constrictors and similar snakes from spreading to other areas, and what should I do if I see a python in the wild?
Development of early detection techniques for non-native reptiles is important because prevention is substantially less costly and more effective than control or eradication.
Please visit Everglades National Park python site for more information about pythons and Everglades National Park, including efforts to control the species.
Pythons eat a wide variety of prey (mammals, birds and alligators), and pose a risk to many resources, including threatened and endangered species. Examination of stomach contents of Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park shows that birds make up
Are large constrictor snakes such as Burmese pythons able to kill people? What is the risk? Would this be in the wild too, or in backyards?
Human fatalities from non-venomous snakes are very rare, probably only a few per year worldwide. All known constrictor-snake fatalities in the United States are from captive snakes; these are split between deaths of snake owners who were purposefully
Not enough scientific information is available to definitively answer this question. The species that this study documents as apparently declining are those mammal species that are easily observed on roads at night due to their behavioral patterns and
Are there invasive reptiles other than Burmese pythons in the United States that people should be concerned about?
Invasive animal species are a rapidly increasing environmental and economic problem in the United States. According to U.S.
Most invasive reptiles and amphibians have not received research attention at a level that would allow in-depth evaluation of impacts.
There are currently no reliable estimates of the total numbers of Burmese pythons in the invasive population. However, from 2000 to mid-October 2011, more than 1,786 pythons were removed from Everglades National Park and adjacent lands.
If large constrictors and similar snakes are active night and day, and if they can live in relatively urban areas, do you expect they will live in cities, such as in South Florida?
Boa constrictors and northern African pythons live in the Miami metropolitan area. Also, the various python species and boa constrictor are often found living in suburban and urban areas in their native ranges.
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