5000 Burmese pythons were removed from the Sunshine State’s Everglades ecosystem, authorities announced.
The pythons are invasive and can affect other native wildlife’s chances for survival, said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
“We’ve learned through the Python Challenge that experience counts when finding and removing Burmese pythons,” said FWC Commissioner Rodney Barreto.
Commissioner Barreto thanked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for supporting the Commission’s efforts.
The commissions also partnered with the South Florida Water Management District in removing the snakes.
According to the Commission, the Burmese pythons became regulars to the state because of humans.
They either escaped or were released as pets.
According to FCW, it is illegal to release foreign animals into the wild as it can affect Florida’s native animals.
Florida’s Everglades Ecosystem
The Everglades spans across the central and southern part of Florida, as per the National Wildlife Federation.
The Federation categorizes it as a “subtropical wetland ecosystem.”
This ecosystem is also known for its amazing wildlife.
It houses some endangered species like the Florida panther.
Non-native plants invade more than half of the ecosystem, said the Federation.
On the other hand, Burmese pythons are responsible for nearly wiping out the ecosystem’s small mammals populations.
Also, these pythons are said to prey on alligators.
Burmese Python Fast Facts
Burmese pythons are nonvenomous constrictors originally found in Southeast Asia, as per the National Geographic.
They are one of the largest snakes on earth.
Besides, they are capable of growing up to 23 feet, said the National Geographic.
These animals are also great swimmers and can stay long underwater.
Burmese pythons are carnivorous and usually prey on small mammals and birds.
They usually kill their prey by squeezing them until they die. They kill their prey by means of squeezing them until they die.
Also, they can stretch their jaws wide enough to swallow their prey whole.
Burmese pythons are in the endangered list despite their huge amount in Florida.