Burmese Pythons Act as Threat to Ecosystem and Mammals

Burmese python is quite commonly found in Southwest Florida. It is very cryptic and dangerous animal, which can harm humans also. Pythons are generally seen when they cross road in search of food and water.

When thousands of pythons were imported from their native home in Southeast Asia to the United States for the pet trade, they made their way to Southwest Florida as well. Pet trade became another reason for pythons to be introduced to the Everglades.

By preying on Florida's native mammals, the Burmese pythons are acting as threat for the Everglades ecosystem. They are much known for killing and eating Alligators.

"The knowledge of location that where 2-foot long hatchings are located won't help to eliminate them but it will help in understanding the species, it was also noted that snakes are harmful to their ecosystems but not people", said Ian Bartoszek, a marine biologist at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

People should keep their eyes open and report to the conservancy if any Burmese python is seen. They can also report sightings by taking pictures as well as uploading pictures at Ivegot1. org. Many people get confused between invasive hatchlings and Florida's native snakes. Therefore, it is important to file pictures with sighting.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida wants people and especially motorists on U. S. 41 to see hatching of Burmese python eggs. It is because the area along eastern U. S. 41 is considered to be the core part of Burmese python population.

In 2013, the "Python Challenge" awareness camp was raised by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to create awareness about the species and the threats posed to the Everglades ecosystem.

Those people who wish to help and want to decrease the burden of Burmese pythons on Florida's ecosystem can join the program made available by FWC. This program is not the hunting program, but it is a management tool that will allow people to remove the pythons from the state land. The ultimate solution to manage them is not yet found but phase of gathering information is still going on.