Wildlife authorities in South Florida continue to fight the influx of non-indigenous Burmese pythons and the effects the large snakes have on the ecosystem of the Everglades.
Following the extermination of several extremely large female pythons, officials in Naples, Florida explained on April 13, 2017 the purpose for the animal’s eradication. An official from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida confirmed that over 3,000 Burmese python eggs had been removed from the ecosystem in Collier County over the last four breeding seasons.
“We really don’t know how many of these animals are out there, we’re not really waiting to figure that out,” said a representative of the wildlife organization. We’re actively collecting that information that might help us with that number that we need to know.”
“We’re really trying to disrupt the breeding cycle of these Burmese pythons.”
A necropsy of a 17-foot snake unveiled a womb containing 95 eggs, well over the average clutch size of 43 eggs normally found in the South Florida environment.
A report on the effect of Burmese pythons and the subsequent investigation into the snake’s breeding success can be seen below:
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