The biggest Burmese python ever caught in Florida is being studied by the University of Florida after being found in Everglades National Park.
The growing population of large, slithering Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, many of them pets that escaped or were abandoned, appears to be eating its way through many animals native to the sensitive wetlands, according to a new study.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday during a trip to the Everglades a new ban that will make it illegal to import Burmese pythons and three other non-native constrictor snakes.
A 16-foot long python was captured and killed in the Florida Everglades, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Anyone who has traveled through the Everglades knows that large snakes like the Burmese Python are putting the ecosystem at risk. But an attempt to control the python population is running into the same old partisan gridlock everything else in Washington is hitting.
A central Florida woman and her boyfriend have been convicted in the death of the woman’s toddler, who was strangled in her crib by a pet python.
Despite record breaking winter cold snaps and drought, the Burmese python population appears to be prospering in the Everglades.