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Trouble with Burmese Pythons in South Florida

Trouble with Burmese Pythons in South Florida

Burmese pythons, one of the five largest snakes in the world, are native to Asia but more than 112,000 of them have been imported into the United States since 1990. Due to their big appetites and top predatory status, these snakes have become a huge problem for the economy as well as for South Florida’s residents, their pets, and many species of mammals and birds. While the struggle to eliminate this non-native species is in full gear, pythons are continuing to spread into other areas of Florida, which seems to be an ideal habitat for these ‘top-of-the-food-chain’ species. One biologist from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Gainesville, Florida, recently invented a live python trap that is currently being tested in South Florida. Other control methods are still in place, such as restrictions against owning a Burmese python as a pet unless the pet owner has been ‘grandfathered in’ by owning one on or before July 1, 2010, in which case pet owners are required to maintain a ‘Reptile of Concern’ license. Click on the links below for more information concerning Burmese pythons.

Click on the link below for information on how to identify a Burmese python:

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/python/identification/

Click on the link below for facts on Burmese Pythons:

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/python/faqs/fast-facts/

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