Why pythons are in Florida
Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida. Originally from Southeast Asia, these pythons were introduced to South Florida by people who bought them as pets, and then let them go when they became too big to feed, house and handle.
Hurricane Andrew also played a role in the python population growth when it demolished a python breeding facility and sent hundreds of pythons into the Everglades.
Being the apex predators in the Everglades, the pythons are at the top of the food chain with voracious appetites. 98% of the mammals are gone because of the pythons. These giant snakes prey on squirrels, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, alligators, wading birds, bobcats, and even deer. They can grow to be twenty feet long (the Florida record is 18’9) with telephone pole sized girths.
It is estimated that there are between 100k-300k pythons in the South Florida. They are extremely adaptable and their territory seems to be slowly moving north. There is no easy way to get rid of these snakes, and the best method is the python hunters that go out every day and night to find, capture, and euthanize them.