Florida catches record number of pythons in the Everglades

Contractors remove a Burmese python from the Everglades. Credit: Alicia Wellman

Contractors in Florida have caught a record number of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

Less than a year after two state agencies decided to combine forces and remove invasive snakes from the Everglades, contractors caught a record number of Burmese pythons. As of mid-October, teams had removed nearly 4,000 snakes. That brings the total number of snakes removed since the program’s inception in 2017 to 6,278, according to the News-Press. The joint operation is being conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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