Burmese pythons in Florida: A synthesis of biology, impacts, and management tools

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Abstract

Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) are native to southeastern Asia, however, there is an established invasive population inhabiting much of southern Florida throughout the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. Pythons have severely impacted native species and ecosystems in Florida and represent one of the most intractable invasive-species management issues across the globe. The difficulty stems from a unique combination of inaccessible habitat and the cryptic and resilient nature of pythons that thrive in the subtropical environment of southern Florida, rendering them extremely challenging to detect. Here we provide a comprehensive review and synthesis of the science relevant to managing invasive Burmese pythons. We describe existing control tools and review challenges to productive research, identifying key knowledge gaps that would improve future research and decision making for python control.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Burmese pythons in Florida: A synthesis of biology, impacts, and management tools
Series title NeoBiota
DOI 10.3897/neobiota.80.90439
Volume 80
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher Pensoft
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center, Pacific Islands Ecosys Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 119 p.
First page 1
Last page 119
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Everglades
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