Florida native bird population could be decimated by invasive pythons

April 7, 2012FLORIDABurmese pythons, native to southern Asia, have taken up a comfortable residence in the state of Florida, especially in the Everglades. In addition to out-competing native wildlife for resources and habitat, the pythons are eating the native wildlife. Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) were first recorded in the Everglades in 1979 — thought to be escaped or discarded pets. Their numbers have since grown, with an estimated breeding population in Florida in the tens of thousands. In an ongoing study to better understand the impact of this snake in the Everglades, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service and others have been examining the contents of the digestive tracts of pythons in the area. They have shown that Burmese pythons consume at least 25 different species of birds in the Everglades, but until now no records documented this species eating bird eggs. “This finding is significant because it suggests that the Burmese python is not simply a sit-and-wait predator, but rather is opportunistic enough to find the nests of birds,” said Carla Dove, ornithologist at the Smithsonian’s Feather Identification Lab in the National Museum of Natural History and lead author of the study. “Although the sample size is small, these findings suggest that the snakes have the potential to negatively affect the breeding success of native birds.” –Science Daily
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5 Responses to Florida native bird population could be decimated by invasive pythons

  1. Dennis E. says:

    However, there is plan to contain. I recently saw on a news website(Fox) that a university had trained two canines to smell out these snakes. That is true. A dogs since of smell is very sensitive. According to the article, so far they had caught up to 19 plus snakes to include one that was pregnant.
    (It is not unusual for dogs to do this. Customs and the US Air Force has trained small dogs to sniff out the Brown Tree Snake from Guam that hitched rides in the wheel wells of military aircraft and on cargo. This snake is responsible for the destruction of an entire bird species on Guam according to reports)
    I also believe that there is a shoot on sight order in Florida.
    That very important because these snakes could kill a small child and eat it.
    I also think the state wildlife has teams on the hunt. So, that means, in the future
    we could see a new reality show on discovery or the animal channel.

  2. yamkin says:

    Muttonbirds Affected By Fukushima Returning To NZ Is “Most Unusual Event” In 20 Years
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=10802442

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