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WEC242: Burmese Pythons in South Florida: Scientific Support for Invasive Species Management

Figure 3. Locations of Burmese pythons removed or observed in South Florida from the mid-1990s to 2007. Each dot represents one or more exotic constrictors that have been identified as Burmese pythons (with a few exceptions, such as a snake in the lower Florida Keys that was first reported as a Burmese python but has since been identified as a common boa). Burmese pythons have been observed at three main locations in ENP: (1) along the Main Park Road in the saline and freshwater glades, and mangroves between Pay-hay-okee and Flamingo; (2) in the greater Long Pine Key area (including Hole-in-the-Donut); and (3) in the greater Shark Valley area along the Tamiami Trail (including L-67 Ext.). They have been observed on the eastern park boundary, especially in the C-111 Project Basin and other canal levees. Recently pythons have been observed in remote areas such as the mangrove backcountry, the 18-mile stretch leading to the Florida Keys, and Key Largo. Source: U.S. National Park Service.

Credit: Mike Rochford, UF/IFAS