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.
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||First record of invasive Burmese Python oviposition and brooding inside an anthropogenic structure|
|Series title||Southeastern Naturalist|
|Publisher||Eagle Hill Institute|
|Contributing office(s)||Fort Collins Science Center|
|Other Geospatial||Everglades National Park|