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Can invasive pythons be eradicated?

The odds of eradicating an introduced population of reptiles once it has spread across a large area is very low – pointing to the importance of prevention, early detection, and rapid response.  With the Burmese python now distributed across more than a thousand square miles of southern Florida, including all of Everglades National Park and across the southern coast to Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the chances of eliminating the snake completely from the region is low. However, controlling their numbers and preventing their spread out of the area, are critical goals for conservation efforts and land managers.