Pythons in the Everglades

Following on from this post: It’s all very well to be invaded by furry wallabies; it’s a little more concerning when the feral hippo population explodes. But the feral animal problem in the Florida Everglades is the stuff of nightmares. The subtropical wetlands are rapidly being over-run with the world’s largest snakes.

The biggest problem are Burmese pythons which can grow up to nineteen feet in length. Now other species including the African rock python, green and yellow anacondas and boa constrictors are appearing. The snakes were probably released as unwanted pets and are now dominating the Everglades food chain, threatening many native mammals and reptiles. They are even capable of eating American alligators.

The snakes are a potential threat to humans. In 2002, a twenty foot African rock python ate a boy near Durban and there are numerous historical reports of people being eaten by reticulated pythons.

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