By Josie June 7th, 2023
Along with other invasive species, the Burmese Python has caused significant disruption to Florida's ecosystem.
Let's find out how and why!
They can grow up to 18 feet in length and weigh over 200 pounds.
Their eyes have vertical pupils, perfect for detecting movement during hunting.
Their diet typically consists of birds, mammals, and other reptiles, which they swallow whole.
As constrictors, they are known for their ability to squeeze their prey to death by contracting their muscles.
The Burmese Python was first introduced to Florida in the 1980s, and since then, its population has exploded.
Their predation causes a decline in the native populations, which can then have a disastrous ripple effect on other species in the ecosystem.
They prefer to live in wetland areas, such as the Everglades, where they can hide amongst the dense vegetation and blend in with their surroundings.
Stick to designated trails and avoid wandering into dense vegetation, where pythons may lurk unnoticed.
Wear long pants and boots to reduce the risk of being bitten.