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Are Super Snakes Invading South Florida?

The Pythons invasion that has occurred in South Florida is totally the fault of humans. For years scientist have been trying to study the snakes in an effort to understand how to control them.

Recently, scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey reported that have discovered a new hybrid python amongst the population that is a mix of two separate species.

Indian pythons, prefer to live in drier habitats and Burmese pythons which mostly prefer to inhabit wetlands.

This discovery doesn’t mean that there’s an army of sci fi movie monster super snakes slithering through the everglades.

What it this really means is that there is a new more versatile species of python that has mixed into the population that are adaptive to different regions and environments of the state.

According to the USGS, this new species mixed with the other pythons have could hamper an already unsuccessful attempts to reduce the 150,000 invasive snakes.

They have already decimated native species in an area from the Florida Keys, to north of Lake Okeechobee.

These decimated species include foxes, bobcats, raccoons and rabbits.

Check out these articles on the same subject:

http://earthsky.org/earth/florida-burmese-pythons-supersnake

https://www.usgs.gov/news/genetic-analysis-floridas-invasive-pythons-reveals-a-tangled-family-tree

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