Burmese pythons are one of the largest, most terrifying snakes on the planet, but its smaller and faster cousin Indian rock python is even more aggressive. Now, imagine a hybrid between the two.
The stunned reporter described the experience as something mesmerizing and beautiful, but at the same time terrifying.
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Even giant snakes cannot resist the Sunshine State. A record-breaking 16-foot python was recently captured in South Florida, setting a new record for the state for the largest male ever caught.
In Florida's month-long 2016 Python Challenge, 106 invasive Burmese pythons were turned in by hunters. These non-native snakes have a huge impact on the Everglades ecoystem, and wildlife officials say that the hunt's biggest benefit is spreading awareness. Plus, some really big snakes are brought in.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reinstated the “python challenge," which will run from Jan. 16 through Feb. 14 this year. Participants compete to catch the largest and longest Burmese pythons, as a means of protecting the Everglades National Park.
Florida officials have long been waging war with invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades National Park, where an ever-growing (but still hard to find) population of invasive pythons is so prevalent that it's taking a notable chunk out of local mammal populations. Unfortunately, most ecologists won't hesitate to say that the pythons are winning. Now however, the results of a new study may turn the tables, providing new information that can help focus efforts.
Researchers have long had anecdotal evidence that the mammal population in the Florida Everglades - a region famous for its wild and rich biodiversity - was on the decline. That's right, 'mammals' - as in all that's cute, furry, savage, and sly - ranging from skunks, to bats, to even bobcats. Now a new study has found the first concrete example of this decline, with invasive pythons named as the primary killers of the region's disappearing marsh rabbits.
Florida state wildlife officials and specialists spent this week searching for northern African rock pythons just outside of the Everglades in a continued effort to keep the species from invading the vulnerable tropical wetlands. They called it quits on Thursday, reporting zero finds, and while that may sound bad, it's actually really good news.