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South Florida Water Management District Discover Snake Vs Deer
The Snake Won! South Florida Water Management District, who were removing non-native plants from a tree island discovered the engorged Burmese python. The 16 foot python was killed because they are not native to the area and it is crucial to help prevent the pythons from spreading further north.


The population of Burmese pythons in the Everglades has grown over the past several years, after being bought by people in the area as exotic pets. State and federal wildlife officials say the dangerous snakes have been set loose by owners after growing too big, or escaped from enclosures destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Scientists already knew from dissecting other snakes that they prey on a wide range of species within Everglades National Park, a Burmese python exploded after eating an American alligator in the Everglades. Research is showing that many previously common mammals have plummeted in number—and some, such as cottontail rabbits, may be totally gone from some areas. The only known enemy of the python in the Everglades is Man and strong action has to be taken battle the spread of the Burmese python and other nonnative species that threaten the area.

 
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