Burmese Python: An Invasion

Seth Arthur, Ryan Wilson, 1st Period

Python molurus bivittatus

This is an animal. It is most known as the Burmese Python. They can swim in water or move on land. It just depends on what they are looking for. They can reach up to 23 feet long and up to 200 pounds. They have a beautifully patterned skin and have spots that can be brown or white. They can be three different colors: Brown, Yellow, or Albino.

Homeland

Native to the jungles and marshes of Southeast Asia, they were brought here as pets but when they grew to big to handle many people just released them into the wild. While there, they repopulated and thrived in the southern areas of Florida.

Threats

As the population of this beast grows, it does more damage to the enviorment. Overpopulation is increasing compitition. More animals are killed such as alligators, rodents, wild boar, deer, rabbits, and bobcats. They make many species become threatened or endangered.
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Spreading Fast

Females lay up to 100 eggs at a time, so its not unlikely that these beast would spread so fast. They are tearing through the Everglades and Southern Florida and are starting to move northward.

From Asia to America

People who saw these snakes wanted them. They brought them over as pets not knowing how big they would get. When the snake grew to its full size, they couldnt handle it. They released it into the wild and it spread like wildfire.

Control

The Florida Government has a bounty out on each of these pythons. For everyone you kill, you get paid money for it. They have python hunting competitions and they are making it harder to obtain as pets.