First record of invasive Burmese Python oviposition and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure

Southeastern Naturalist
By: , and 

Links

Abstract

We discovered an adult female Python bivittatus (Burmese Python) coiled around a clutch of 25 eggs in a cement culvert in Flamingo, FL, in Everglades National Park. To our knowledge, this is the first record of an invasive Burmese Python laying eggs and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure in Florida. A 92% hatch-success rate suggests that the cement culvert provided suitable conditions for oviposition, embryonic development, and hatching. Given the plenitude of such anthropogenic structures across the landscape, available sites for oviposition and brooding may not be limiting for the invasive Burmese Python population.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title First record of invasive Burmese Python oviposition and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure
Series title Southeastern Naturalist
DOI 10.1656/058.015.sp809
Volume 15
Issue sp8
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Eagle Hill Institute
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 103
Last page 106
Country United States
State Florida
City Flamingo
Other Geospatial Everglades National Park