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Why were the Burmese pythons able to spread so rapidly in terms of the area they have invaded and in terms of how abundant they are now?

Burmese pythons have traits that increased their risk of establishment and that make their eradication difficult. Specifically, Burmese pythons:


·         Grow rapidly to a large size


·         Are habitat generalists (they can live in many kinds of habitats),


·         Are dietary generalists (can eat a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles),


·         Are tolerant of urbanization (can live in urban/suburban areas),


·         Are well-concealed “sit-and-wait” predators (difficult to detect and difficult to trap due to their infrequent movements between hiding places),


·         Mature rapidly and produce many offspring (females can store sperm and fertilize their eggs —which can number more than 100 — when conditions are favorable for bearing young),


·         Achieve high population densities (resulting in a greater impact on native wildlife), and


·         Serve as potential hosts for parasites and diseases of economic and human health significance.

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