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

Product Type: 

Journal Article

Year: 

2016

Author(s): 

Emma Hanslowe, Bryan Falk, Michelle A. M. Collier, Jillian Josimovich, Thomas Rahill, and Robert Reed

Suggested Citation: 

Emma Hanslowe, Bryan Falk, Michelle A. M. Collier, Jillian Josimovich, Thomas Rahill, and Robert Reed, 2016, First record of invasive Burmese Python oviposition and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure: Southeastern Naturalist, v. 15, iss. sp8. DOI: 10.1656/058.015.sp809

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.

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