Investigating Prey of Burmese Pythons using eDNA Methods

Research Project: 

RB00CNJ.31.1

Project Manager: 

Sara Oyler-McCance
A Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) in the grass in Florida. Photo by L. Oberhofer, USGS.
A Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) in the grass in Florida. Photo by L. Oberhofer, USGS.

The highly invasive Burmese Python is having a devastating effect on the species native to southern Florida, particularly in the Florida Everglades. The goal of this project is to determine whether eDNA methods can be used to identify prey items eaten by Burmese Pythons.