January 31, 2012
Pythons Are Wiping Out Mammals in the Everglades

Large snakes, like boa constrictors, anacondas, and pythons, are not native to North America, but are popular among reptile collectors and traders who — inadvertently or not — re-introduced them to the Florida swamps about a decade ago. Since that time they caused a huge disruption to the already fragile ecosystem, threatening wildlife and even some humans. They grow fast, breed rapidly, adapt well to their environments, and prey on small animals that don’t recognize them as a threat. They’re also great at hiding, which makes them both deadly hunters and difficult to catch. Read more.
[Image: AP]

Note to self: Never move to Florida.

Pythons Are Wiping Out Mammals in the Everglades

Large snakes, like boa constrictors, anacondas, and pythons, are not native to North America, but are popular among reptile collectors and traders who — inadvertently or not — re-introduced them to the Florida swamps about a decade ago. Since that time they caused a huge disruption to the already fragile ecosystem, threatening wildlife and even some humans. They grow fast, breed rapidly, adapt well to their environments, and prey on small animals that don’t recognize them as a threat. They’re also great at hiding, which makes them both deadly hunters and difficult to catch. Read more.

[Image: AP]

Note to self: Never move to Florida.

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    SHAME ON YOU, PYTHONS. humans disrupted your natural habitat, brought you to this crazy continent, and now you’re eating...
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