Invasion of the Giant Pythons

Audio: Python Stories

What is it like to work on the front lines of the invasive Burmese python problem? Listen to these python experts tell their stories in their own words.

Dr. Ron Rozar

Dr. Ron Rozar

Dr. Ron Rozar

Ron has spent 20 years working with snakes, both in the U.S. and abroad. Ron earned his Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Florida. Ron has worked with invasive brown tree snakes in Guam, and invasive large constrictors in South Florida. Ron is currently the Project Manager for the USGS Burmese Python Project in Key Largo, Florida, a post he has held since the project’s inception in January 2008.

Listen to Ron’s story below:

Mike Rochford (foreground) with Dr. Skip Snow

Mike Rochford (foreground) with Skip Snow

Mike Rochford

Mike graduated from Kansas State University in 2004 with a B.S. in Biology. He spent almost all of the following year tracking rattlesnakes in Missouri. He came to Florida in early 2006 to begin work under Dr. Frank Mazzotti at the University of Florida, where he assists in research with alligators, crocodiles, and, of course, pythons. Mike’s duties include tracking the snakes, identifying their prey remains, keeping the data organized, and finding and removing as many pythons as possible.

Listen to Mike’s story below: