A recent paper showed that salt water is not a deterrent to the spread of Burmese pythons. Does this mean that this snake could already be invading other parts of Florida farther away from the Everglades?
A number of Burmese pythons have been found on Key Largo, and a few in the Lower Keys. However, there is as yet no evidence of a breeding population anywhere in the Keys. Because pythons regularly escape or are released from captivity, it can be diff
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.
Where can I find the report "Giant Constrictors: Biological and Management Profiles and an Establishment Risk Assessment for Nine Large Species of Pythons, Anacondas, and the Boa Constrictor"?
The complete report can be accessed at: Giant Constrictors: Biological and Management Profiles and Establishment Risk Assessment for Nine Large Species of Pythons, Anacondas, and the Boa Con
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.
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