Burmese Python Invasion In the Everglades
The Burmese Python is among the most problematic invasive species in Florida’s Everglades. They invade the area entirely, taking over the land, and killing many of the Swamp’s native species. The presence of Pythons in the Everglades is a nightmare for conservation efforts. Furthermore, Everglades experts think that the Python invasion may be the worst to ever affect the Everglades.
There have been a number of different efforts made in an attempt to handle the Python problem. Recently, hunters and contractors have been invited into the historic wetlands to provide assistance in killing and removing these pests from the Everglades. We understand how detrimental Pythons are to the ecosystem. That’s why we invite you to learn more about the Burmese Python invasion in this post from our blog before you take your Everglades airboat tour.
What Makes The Invasion Of Burmese Pythons So Bad?
The Everglades is home to tons of unique and fragile wildlife that is being killed off by Pythons. Ultimately, the presence of Pythons could lead to certain species becoming extinct. Of course, this goes against all of the conservation efforts put in place over the years. Pythons begin with small, easier-to-kill animals. Raccoons, rabbits, and rats are among the number one prey for the Pythons. But, older Pythons can kill larger prey. This affects deer, alligators, and more. Upwards of 100,000 pythons are thought to be in the Florida Everglades. For the most part, these Pythons are the offspring of pets that irresponsible owners released into the wild. These massive snakes can weigh up to 200 pounds, and have incredible strength that poses a threat to animals of all kinds.
The Burmese Python Invasion Doesn’t End In The Everglades
One of the biggest fears for conservation experts and those combatting the Python invasion? “Where will these snakes go next?” A number of Burmese pythons exist north of the Everglades. This creates the concern of their invasion going beyond Florida’s Wetlands. But – there’s hope. Burmese Pythons and cold weather don’t mix very well. As a cold-blooded Reptile, this snake will simply die when the weather gets cold enough. This Winter, Florida experiencing cold weather is the best hope for controlling the invasion of Pythons.
The Burmese Python – where to find them?
Burmese pythons mainly live within and around the Florida Everglades. They have large breeding populations in Monroe county, Collier County and Miami-Dade. Most of the common boas have settled in a very small and restricted area within Miami. You can find Burmese Pythonsnear open bodies of water and wetlands. However, they are very difficult to spot unless you come at a close distance from them.
Will I see them on an airboat ride?
It is always difficult to guarantee specific animal sightings. Since Burmese pythons nest mainly close to Miami, catching them in Fort Lauderdale is a difficult thing. You might encounter other pythons or even boas. However, you should always keep an eye open. If your Captain spots one, they will surely let you know. Our captains have an eye for finding hidden creatures. After all, they are very used to spotting animals that camouflage into the environment.
The other types of pythons you can encounter include the reticulated python, ball python, green anaconda, and yellow anaconda. Most of those creatures are pets that have either been released or have escaped. The reality is that most of those species aren’t know to have reproduced. Their presence in Florida is no really established as such. They are just very rare sightings.
Experience The Everglades With Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale
If you want a chance at witnessing some interesting reptiles, then your best bet is still to book an airboat ride. We will definitely make sure to point them out if we see them. We will stop at an appropriate distance so you can have a chance at snapping a few pictures.
Observing rare animals is very much at the core of what we do. Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale is your number one choice for private airboat rides in the Fort Lauderdale area. Want to learn more, or book a tour? Give us a call at (954) 338-4890 or contact us online. Ask us any questions you may have, and we will get back to you with the answers as soon as possible!