Burmese Python Hatchlings Seen on Key Largo

Thursday, September 22, 2016

18 inch python found in north Key Largo, 2016. Jeremy Dixon USFWS

The U.S. Geological Survey issued a press release this morning, September 22, 2016, announcing the discovery of Burmese python (Python bivittatus) hatchlings spotted on Key Largo, following three sightings last month of snakes approximately 18-inches long. This species has been documented in the Florida Keys for a while now and pythons have previously been captured on Key Largo, but these are the first reports of hatchlings, evidence of reproduction. In an effort to engage residents and improve reporting, officials are asking residents to be vigilant; sending postcards to every residence on the island containing identification information and resources to report potential sightings. FORT's Invasive Species Science Branch in coordination with partner agencies and organizations continually work to improve the detection, management, and removal of non-native reptiles. Florida-based research ecologist, Dr. Bryan Falk, contributed to the press release and focuses on the control efforts in Florida, where a USGS team is stationed at the Everglades National Park Research Office. Read more details in the press release, available at https://www.usgs.gov/news/burmese-python-hatchlings-seen-key-largo.

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