Pythons in the Everglades: Frequently asked questions

Caption-Biologist Ed Metzger with a 18'3" 133 lb Burmese python Giant snakes in the glades? What's the story? Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, but are now an invasive species in south Florida. These large snakes were imported by the thousands for the exotic pet trade, many being bought by owners with little knowledge or regard as to how big the snakes grow and the responsibilities and care such an animal requires. People would buy a hatchling python as a harmless baby, but the snake would quickly grow to a large size with an equally large appetite, so that many people were no longer able or comfortable to care for it. They then released the snakes into the everglades. A large sn

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