Florida has a python problem.
Since the introduction of Burmese Pythons—no one can actually pinpoint when they came to Florida—the explosive growth of the python population in the Florida everglades is now considered a threat to the ecological balance.
Because pythons that can begin reproducing at four-years old–laying 100 eggs–and grow up to 23-feet long have a tendency to eat a lot.
Here is a sample of a 5-year old python’s diet, as reported in the Economist.
“According to the South Florida authorities, over the course of five years the average python will consume one raccoon, one opossum, four alligators, five American coots, six little blue herons, eight ibises, ten squirrels, 15 rabbits, 15 wrens, 30 cotton rats and 72 mice.“
To make matters worse for Florida’s wildlife population, there now appears to be a “super snake” in Florida.
This new “super snake” appears to be a crossbreed between Burmese Pythons and Indian Pythons and, due to their ability to adapt to larger habitats, may cause more destruction to the animal population further north.
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