How many Burmese pythons inhabit southern Florida?

Tens of thousands of invasive Burmese pythons are estimated to be present in the Everglades.

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Image: Invasive Burmese Python on Her Nest in South Florida

Invasive Burmese Python on Her Nest in South Florida

A female Burmese python (Python molurus) on her nest with eggs. Photo by Jemeema Carrigan, University of Florida. Courtesy of Skip Snow, National Park Service. Used with permission.

Image: Burmese python, a Giant Constrictor Snake

Burmese python, a Giant Constrictor Snake

Burmese python (Python molurus). Photo courtesy of Roy Wood, National Park Service.

Image: An Invasive Boa Constrictor at a Miami County Park

An Invasive Boa Constrictor at a Miami County Park

Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) at a county park in southeastern Miami. Photo courtesy of Mike Rochford, University of Florida. Used with permission.

Image: A Record-Breaking Invasive Burmese Python

A Record-Breaking Invasive Burmese Python

This female Burmese python broke the records for her length - 17 feet, 7 inches - and the number of eggs she contained: 87. She was first captured in Everglades National Park by USGS researchers in the spring of 2012, when they followed a "Judas snake" - a male python with a transmitter - and found her nearby in the bushes. USGS scientists then outfitted her with two radio

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