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Burmese Python- An Invasive Species Exposed

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Burmese Python

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Are Snakes Cringe Worthy

Calling All Environmentalists

In the recent years, Floridian environmentalists have expressed concern for the decreeing rats of everglades species populations. While most environmentalists agree this is a pressing matter at hand, majority of citizens are unaware of the pressing matter at hand or show concern. The following literature examines on invasive Species: the Burmese Python. This paper contains description and its native country of the species, its impact on Florida and action being done to remove the species. It draws out the devastating ecological effects because it is putting endangered species on the at risk level. Also it presents itself as a danger to small children, because they are often mistaken for food. Simple actions made by ordinary citizens can be done to reduce this snake population also everglades through competitions. Ten upon tens of species such as the white tailed rabbit or alligators are on this snake’s meal plan This paper presents the large problem at hand which requires for everyone’s input.

Burmese Pythons are putting endangered species on the at risk level and mistake small children for food

Guilty Pet shops

Burmese Pythons are an invasive species was been introduced in Florida by accident when a python breeding facility and zoo was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. These Pythons are deadly because they are capable of inflicting severe bites or even killing constrictions responsible for human and animal deaths. Burmese pythons are native of South Asia. Learn more about the Burmese python invasion.

Pet Shops

Pythons are deadly because they are capable of inflicting severe bites or even killing constrictions responsible for human and animal deaths.

Their Look

Burmese pythons are an invasive species and conditional species by Florida code. The Burmese Python is the largest snake in the world, ranging from six feet up to eight in length. The largest Burmese python caught in FL was on August 2012. This was female 17.7 ft long carrying 87 eggs. It naturally exist in the orient- India, lower China, the Malay Peninsula, and some islands of the East Indies. The Python consumes its prey using its sharp rearward-pointing teeth to seize its prey, and then wraps its body around the prey, at the same time contracting its muscles, killing the prey by constriction. They diets ranges from rabbits to goats! In order to find the animals they use their chemical receptors in their tongues and heat-sensors along their jaws because of their poor eye sight.

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They Spread

The Burmese python has spread its away from Florida to all around the United states- Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Arizona, California, and Nevada. The infestation began when a research facility was destroyed in hurricane Andrew, this would set off the irreversible chain of reaction which has impacted the entire United States. The snake has found its way into Lake Okeechobee, Biscayne Bay, Key Largo and the Florida Keys. In the everglades this giant snakes feast of anything in its path. Size is not a deterring factor. They have been caught on camera eating rabbits, birds, deer, bobcats, adult alligators and juvenile Florida panthers. These devastating effects have put many animals on the endangered species list and from endangered species to critical. Further the python is responsible for public terror and child deaths not only in Florida but in other parts of the U.S. If you’re a Floridian you’ve heard it at least once on the news of Burmese pythons chocking sleeping toddlers to death, escaped boa eats owner etc. At times they are even let loose by the owner.

If you’re a Floridian you’ve heard it at least once on the news of Burmese pythons chocking sleeping toddlers to death, escaped boa eats owner etc.

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They Swim Too

Burmese pythons are expectation swimmers and can stay submerged for thirty minutes at a time. Unfortunately, they are an invasive species with tens of thousands inhabiting the park according to national park services. They reproduce when they reach 5 feet for females and 7-9 feet for males. They can lay a clutch of eggs any time of the years, after three months they give birth. Once the babies are born they live on their own. It is thought they were released after a facility broke down during hurricane Andrew.

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We Can End The Danger!

The detrimental effects Pythons have had on society are terrifying, devastating and impactful. As a result of the everglades having Pythons infestation, ecologists have decided to hire people to shot and exterminate pythons. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have hired 25 Python hunters to exterminate python’s. This is their full time job! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) team up with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida for the 2016 Python Challenge. This month long event runs from January 18- February 14. Payment is decided on the quantity of pythons caught. This year there were over 600 participants and 106 pythons were caught. Bill Booth caught 33 of the 106 pythons landed in the 2016 challenge, including a 15-footer just 3ft short of the Florida’s record 18ft 8 in snake in 2013. Mr. Booth acknowledges the tally had little to no impact on removing the snakes from the Everglades National Park.

Staying Strong

The Burmese Python invasion has exploded reaching 15 states, reducing endangered animals species and even consuming children. The python has invaded the Florida everglades consuming anything in its path, size not affecting it choice. From rabbits to alligators to children, the Burmese python devours all. However, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hired 25 Python hunters to exterminate python’s year round. Once a year there is a Python challenge and cash prizes are awarded to those who hunt the most pythons.

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