Burmese Python Human Risk Assessment

Human fatalities from non-venomous snakes are very rare, probably averaging one or two per year worldwide. All known constrictor-snake fatalities in the United States are from captive snakes; these are split between deaths of snake owners who were...
Invasive animal species are a rapidly increasing environmental and economic problem in the United States. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records, legal wildlife shipments into the United States between 1999 and 2010 comprised over 2.8...
Most invasive reptiles and amphibians have not received research attention at a level that would allow in-depth evaluation of impacts. The python invasion of Florida is so recent that the full ramifications of its introduction on the state’s unique...
There are currently no reliable estimates of the total numbers of Burmese pythons in the invasive population. However, since 2003 more than 2,000 pythons were removed from Everglades National Park and adjacent lands. Pythons in excess of 18 feet have...
Boa constrictors and northern African pythons live in or adjacent to the Miami metropolitan area, and in their native ranges various python species and the boa constrictor are often found living in suburban and urban areas. As with alligators, the risk...
The odds of eradicating an introduced population of reptiles once it has spread across a large area are very low, pointing to the importance of prevention, early detection and rapid response. That being said, control or eradication of some invasive...
It is not uncommon for people to be bitten while attempting to capture free-ranging pythons in Florida, but there are no reports of any serious injuries from this type of defensive bite. The number of provoked bites is not tracked by any agency.
Both the USGS and the journal, Wildlife Society Bulletin, require independent scientific review for every publication. In the USGS, peer reviewers are selected from experts with no close professional ties to the authors. Standards for journal articles...
Development of early detection techniques for non-native reptiles is important because prevention is substantially less costly and more effective than control or eradication. Avoiding release or escape of pets is a crucial element for ensuring that non-...
The smallest snake was 7 feet (212 cm) in total length; the largest was estimated at over 16 feet (500 cm) in total length.