Burmese Pythons

The Invasive Species

Basic Info

Name: Burmese Pythons

Scientific Name: Python molurus

Weight: 70- 180 lb (male) 105-200 lb (female)

Length: 9-14 ft. (male)10 - 17 ft. (female)

Life Span: 20-30 years

Were do They Live?

This carnivorous predator has a natural habitat of India, lower China, and Malaysia. so were safe right? Wrong!!!! guess were else is the perfect place is for Burmese pythons. The Florida Everglades.

How did they First Come to Florda

Burmese pythons have been reported from the saline glades and mangroves at the south end of Everglades National Park since the 1980s. The actual mechanism of introduction is not known, however it is likely that Burmese pythons escaped from a breeding facility that was destroyed during Hurricane Andrew. It is also likely that pet pythons have been released in and around the Everglades.


Burmese pythons prey upon mammals, birds, and reptiles of appropriate size (sometimes alligators). The presence of domestic fowl and pigs attracts them to agricultural developments.


Because of its large size, adult Burmese pythons have few predators, with alligators and humans being the exceptions. They prey upon native species and may reduce their populations locally. Research is underway to ascertain the impacts pythons have on native mammal species. While pythons will eat common native species and exotic species such as Norway rats, they can also consume threatened or endangered native species. One python that was caught on Key Largo ate an endangered Key Largo wood rat. Burmese pythons can pose a threat to human safety. They can cause serious injury; however there have been no reports of wild pythons attacking people. Pythons may also prey upon pets such as cats and dogs. There is potential for the population to spread west towards Naples, but pythons will not likely survive outside of south Florida.

Future Prognosis

It is likely that these pythons will continue to multiply and grow closer and closer to civilizations, this will cause more reoccurring encounters between pythons and humans. it is also likely that as the population exponentially grows the Florida Everglades will no longer be able to sustain the population of pythons leading them to die off. Another likely event would be that they would kill off or make other species become endangered.