Is the currrent program functioning? Ask the USGS. Here, are current data, and new information.
The Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference (Planning, Science, Policy) 2010 meets from July 12-16 in Naples, Fla.
No pictures here. New maps show how far they can potentially spread.
Burmese pythons—an invasive species in south Florida—could find comfortable climatic conditions in roughly a third of the United States according to new "climate maps" developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Although other factors such as type of food available and suitable shelter also play a role, Burmese pythons and other giant constrictor snakes have shown themselves to be highly adaptable to new environments.
The just-released USGS maps can help natural resource agencies manage and possibly control the spread of non-native giant constrictor snakes, such as the Burmese python, now spreading from Everglades National Park in Florida.
These "climate match" maps show where climate in the U.S. is similar to places in which Burmese pythons live naturally (from Pakistan to Indonesia).
A look at the map shows why biologists are concerned.
"Wildlife managers are concerned that these snakes, which can grow to over 20 feet long and more than 250 pounds, pose a danger to state- and federally listed threatened and endangered species as well as to humans," said Bob Reed, a USGS wildlife biologist at the Fort Collins Science Center in Colorado, who helped develop the maps.
"Several endangered species," he noted, "have already been found in the snakes' stomachs. Pythons could have even more significant environmental and economic consequences if they were to spread from Florida to other states."
Burmese pythons are one of the largest snakes in the world. They are found naturally in rainforest regions of Southeast Asia, but now..... the Florida Everglades.
This massive constrictor is now well established in the Everglades National Park and other parts of the Sunshine State. But they are an invasive species foreign to America.
This non-native species to Florida has spread throughout the Everglades. Except for alligators and crocodiles, adult Burmese pythons have no predators in Florida.
The Python Patrol was created by Nature Conservancy Land Conservation Program Manager Alison Higgins when Burmese pythons were found swimming more than 6 miles from Everglades National Park to the Florida Keys.
African Species is entering Florida
More Northern African Pythons Found in the Wild in South Florida: When it comes to nonnative species, southern Florida is no stranger to big snakes, but recently there were 7 credible sightings of a newcomer called the Northern African python along the western border of Miami, alarmingly close to the eastern edge of the Everglades.
A close relative to the invasive Burmese python, the African python can reach lengths of up to 20 feet and weigh over 150 pounds, although the largest one found in Florida was 14 feet and 138 pounds.
Predicted sea-level rise would likely inundate historical American crocodile nesting areas and increase salinity so that much of the habitat crocodiles now use would become less favorable, according to new modeling research by USGS researchers and their UF colleagues.
Everglades restoration alone would have little effect on the crocodile population, but in combination with sea-level rise, restoration will significantly help offset the negative effects of climate change on the American crocodile population.