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First record of invasive Burmese Python oviposition and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure

October 1, 2016

We discovered an adult female Python bivittatus (Burmese Python) coiled around a clutch of 25 eggs in a cement culvert in Flamingo, FL, in Everglades National Park. To our knowledge, this is the first record of an invasive Burmese Python laying eggs and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure in Florida. A 92% hatch-success rate suggests that the cement culvert provided suitable conditions for oviposition, embryonic development, and hatching. Given the plenitude of such anthropogenic structures across the landscape, available sites for oviposition and brooding may not be limiting for the invasive Burmese Python population.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title First record of invasive Burmese Python oviposition and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure
DOI 10.1656/058.015.sp809
Authors Emma Hanslowe, Bryan Falk, Michelle A. M. Collier, Jillian Josimovich, Thomas Rahill, Robert Reed
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Southeastern Naturalist
Series Number
Index ID 70179201
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center