“It’s another raising of the notch in the war against pythons,” University of Florida wildlife biologist Frank Mazzotti told The Herald. “When you actually see something like this, how often does it occur that you don’t see it?”
Earlier this year, The Post reported that an Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge officer may have found the refuge’s first known wild python, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The officer came across the 10-foot Burmesepython in September as it crossed a levee at the refuge west of Boynton Beach the agency said.
The Herald has also reported that a more than 15-foot long Burmese python was caught in the Everglades and found to have the remains of three deer in its belly.
According to The Herald:
While it’s the first time researchers have documented such a massive feast, the lead author, Dickinson College herpetologist Scott Boback, thinks the three-deer meal could be an indication of how efficiently the snakes have adapted to the marshes since they appeared in the 1980s.
“What I think is going on is the pythons are completely monopolizing the biomass in the Everglades,” he said. “They’re taking all that stuff that’s out there and just making it more pythons.”