Snakes in the Florida Everglades

Florida pythons to be trapped

July 20th, 2009 The death of Shaiunna Hare, a 2-year old child from Florida in the coils of an 2.5 metre Burmese python has sparked an official crackdown to eradicate the 100,000 of these predators in the state. The Guardian The pythons are also a severe threat to the unique eco-system of Everglades.

Pythons in Florida

July 17th, 2009

Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) are thriving in the Florida Everglades now number more than 100,000, severely threatening its unique eco-system, according to scientists who want to organise a massive python hunt there this winter. The Independent

Since they have been known to eat endangered birds and alligators, these snakes present a new danger to an already fragile ecosystem. In February 2008, one scientist predicted that, after several generations, these snakes could eventually migrate to and flourish in as much as a third of the continental United States. Wikipedia