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Burmese Pythons

Burmese pythons have been commonly sold as pets, despite the fact that they can grow up to 20 feet and weigh 200 pounds. However, it's no longer legal to buy them as pets in Florida.

Unable to handle them or find new homes for them, some owners have illegally released these giant snakes into the wild. Active breeding populations are now found in several areas of South Florida.

They're known to feed on more than 30 species of native wildlife, including several endangered or threatened species. Their prey includes large animals like white-tailed deer, American alligators, and bobcats. And the snakes can even pose a threat to humans.

You can help by learning how to identify pythons and other invasive reptiles and report any that you see.


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