Burmese Pythons In The Florida Everglades

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Burmese Pythons are a species of snakes that originate from Southeast Asia. They are an invasive species, and invade in places such as the Florida Everglades. Many people had them as pets, but when they became too big for homeowners they decided to set them free into the Everglades. As snakes can eat many large and small animals, they have enough to food to survive. But as they are not native to the Florida Everglades they then have no natural predators, so they reproduce, and each egg has about 10 snakes in them, so you can see why that may be a problem. As many people may think the snakes are a threat they may also be scared and may not want to help, but there are people that do want to help and need to find a solution to the problem. For example…show more content…
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, approximately 99,000 Burmese pythons were imported to the United States between 1996 and 2006, which is a problem because people keep them as pets and when they become too large they release them into the wild as they are not native to the Florida Everglades they are causing a threat to the animals and plants that are native to the Florida Everglades. Burmese pythons are predators that eat a variety of mammal and birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Pythons in Florida have consumed prey as an adult American alligators. The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world, it can reach lengths of up to seven meters and can weigh up to or above 90 kilograms. Hatchlings range in length from 50-80 centimeters and can more than double in size within the first year, which is another contributor to the increase of the Burmese Pythons being in the Everglades as the animal species can hatch up to 10-60 eggs at a time. "To help solve the issue, The Nature Conservancy in Florida launched Python Patrol in the Florida Keys in 2008 and, with the help of

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