Exotic and Invasive Species By: Jonathan Mejia
Burmese Python • Burmese Python orginated in Southeast Asia • They live in aquatic and semi aquatic biomes. • Burmese Pythons are dark-colored snakes The perceived attractiveness of their skin pattern contributes to their popularity with both reptile keepers and the leather industry. • They are capable of reaching 23 feet or more in length and weighing up to 200 pounds. • Burmese pythons are carnivores, surviving mainly on small mammals and birdsbut they will eat practically anything. • They have poor eyesight. • They stalk prey using chemical receptors in their tongues and heat-sensors along the jaws. • They kill with contrisiction.
Why are they an invasive species? • Burmese live in biomes which were duplicated here in the U.S. in Florida, mainly in the Everglades. • This environment has all their living conditions for them to flourish. • This happens because many owners can’t take care of these animals any more, so they are released into the wild where the have flourished. • These pythons are now the top predator of Florida. • They even prey on deer, alligators, and humans. • They have interrupted the food chain which makes other species become endangered.
What has been done • Park Rangers and other wildlife districts have bee trying to remove them by hand from the everglades and Florida. • Not so many have been caught due to their high reproductively rate. • But that is the only thing they have done. • This is a female albino Burmese Python with her eggs.