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A new dangerous “super snake” could start to emerge from deep in the swampy marshes and invade dry land, according to a study.
Researchers found a previously unknown subspecies, believed to be a crossbreed between Burmese and Indian pythons, which appears to be slithering around in Florida, the Miami Herald reported.
The article goes on to state the following:
The study published in the Ecology and Evolution journal Sunday discovered the “super snakes” while examining the tail tissue of 400 pythons captured in the Everglades.
“We were initially looking for the population structure to get some information to shed some light on the invasion dynamics, or the core areas where the population may be breeding and then sending off migrants,” lead author Margaret Hunter told the Miami Herald.
Most of the snakes were Burmese, which prefer swamps, but around a dozen were also related to the Indian pythons typically found writhing along high, dry ground.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 25, 2018
Dangerous new ‘super snakes’ could start invading dry land https://t.co/5fNhdAGUf4
— Jerry Brown (@Jerry_Brown1944) August 24, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) August 24, 2018
Super-snake: hybrid pythons could pose new threat to Florida Everglades https://t.co/dOAOkJsTvC
— The Guardian (@guardian) August 25, 2018
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