Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Python Challenge

Burmese pythons were first reported in Everglades National Park in 1979 and were assumed to be pets that reached the U.S. via the pet trade. Since then, the ravenous tropical snakes have thrived, reproducing at an alarming rate. As python populations have grown, many native species have plummeted as a result of predation by the new predators in town.

Photo courtesy of NPS

Florida, desperate to combat the python problem, has launched the Python Challenge, giving hunters free reign to kill pythons at will. Most people have a strong reaction, one way or another, to this "solution."

Learn more about it here:


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