Biology, Impacts and Control of Invasive Reptiles

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Invasive species are considered to be second only to habitat degradation in terms of negative impacts on the Earth’s ecosystems, and our scientists make up a significant proportion of the global expertise in the rapidly-growing problem of invasive reptiles.

A Burmese python slithering in the grass in the Everglades.
A Burmese python slithering in the grass in the Everglades. Photo by Emma Hanslowe, USGS.

Long-term research on Guam has led to development and validation of numerous effective control tools, while more recent research in Florida and elsewhere focuses on understanding impacts and control opportunities for Burmese pythons and other recent invaders. Branch scientists combine extensive herpetological expertise with cutting-edge quantitative skills to estimate detection probability, population size, and eradication prospects for a range of invasive reptiles. Projects and collaborators span the globe, from the western Pacific Ocean, across the United States mainland, to Puerto Rico and beyond.

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