Consumption of bird eggs by invasive Burmese pythons in Florida

Product Type: 

Journal Article

Year: 

2012

Author(s): 

Dove, C.J., R.W. Snow, and R.N. Reed

Suggested Citation: 

Dove, C.J., R.W. Snow, and R.N. Reed. 2012. Consumption of bird eggs by invasive Burmese pythons in Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians. 19(1): 64-66.

Burmese Pythons (Python molurus bivittatus or P. bivittatus) have been reported to consume 25 species of adult birds in Everglades National Park, Florida (Dove et al. 2011), but until now no records documented this species eating bird eggs. Here we report three recent cases of bird-egg consumption by Burmese Pythons and discuss egg-eating in basal snakes…