Florida boosts efforts to combat invasive pythons

A python hunter holds a snake he removed from the Florida Everglades.
©South Florida Water Management District

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to double resources to remove Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus) from in and around the Everglades. The governor says contracted hunters will be used to remove the invasive species from the Big Cypress National Preserve as well as an additional 130,000 acres of state parks. “We’re putting a lot of money into restoring the Everglades, we want to make sure that ecosystem is strong,” DeSantis said at an event in Fort Lauderdale announcing the plans. State wildlife officials say hunters have removed over 3,000 pythons from the ecosystem.

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