Burmese pythons prosper in Everglades, though chilly winter reduced their number

Maybe it was Hurricane Andrew blowing down a snake importer’s warehouse in 1992. Maybe it was snake lovers who bought cute baby reptiles, only to dump them in the wild when they grew too voracious.

Florida wildlife officials say they may never know their origin, but there is no doubt about this fact: Florida is home to thousands of Burmese pythons that have turned the Everglades into a nesting area, raising concerns about their impact on native wildlife and possible migration into developed areas.

“People already have this built-in fear of snakes,” said Ron Magill of Miami Metrozoo. “Now you’re talking about 20-foot snakes . . . .”

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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