Invasion of the Giant Pythons

Additional Web and Print Resources


National Park Service: Everglades National Park
Learn more about visiting Everglades National Park.

National Park Service: Burmese Python Species Profile
The National Park Service provides statistics about pythons in the Everglades.

Western New York Herpetological Society: Burmese Python Information Sheet
The Western New York Herpetological Society shows additional facts and care instructions for these extraordinary animals.

Green Iguana Society
The Green Iguana Society provides information about this native Florida lizard, including fun resources for kids.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Nonnative Pet Amnesty Days
Learn more about Pet Amnesty events in Florida, and find upcoming events.


BBC Earth News “Snake Gives ‘Virgin Birth’ to Extraordinary Babies” (November 3, 2010)
A female boa constrictor snake has given birth to two litters of extraordinary offspring.

St. Petersburg Times “Python Pete is not a snake’s best friend” (March 20, 2005)
Learn about “Python Pete,” a puppy trained to sniff out invasive pythons in Florida.

CNN “Pythons and citrus and iguanas, oh my! Frigid Florida copes” (January 11, 2010)
Find out how a recent cold snap in Florida might impact Florida’s unwanted python invaders.

Los Angeles Times: “‘Super snake’ fears on the rise in Florida” (January 15, 2010)
Los Angeles Times article about python hunts in Florida and how they have become a full breeding population. Fears of a “super snake” have been suggested.

The St. Peterson Times: “Federal officials propose ban on big snakes like pythons” (January 20, 2010)
The St. Peterson Times explains Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s proposed ban on imported pythons.

New York Times: “Grappling With Pythons” (February 1, 2010)
An opinion article in the New York Times on pythons.

The Miami Harold: “Pet owners turn in exotics to Miami Metrozoo” (February 7, 2010)
The Miami Herald describes the process of Pet Amnesty Day, where pet owners can drop off unwanted non-native pets at the Miami Metrozoo.

Yahoo “Pythons apparently wiping out Everglades mammals” (Jan 30, 2012)
New study says the burgeoning population of huge pythons appears to be wiping out large numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals in the Everglades.

Reuters Are pythons overrunning the Everglades? Some experts now say no (Feb 24, 2012)
Reports that Burmese pythons are devouring almost entire populations of mammals in the Florida Everglades may be premature.


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Secor, Stephen. “Digestive physiology of the Burmese python: broad regulation of integrated performance.” The Journal of Experimental Biology, issue 211, pgs 3767-3774, 2008.

Coborn, John. The Atlas of Snakes of the World. TFH Publications, 1991.

Chabot, John. Foreign Invaders: Non-native Species and their Effects on North America’s Ecosystems. Full Blast Productions, 2009.