Preserving natural habitats and native plants and animals within the boundaries is a priority issue for Reserve staff because these invaders pose a significant threat to native predators now in competition with pythons for food. The Reserve has begun to undertake steps to better understand the effects of this predator in its new environment and prevent further infestation to the fullest extent possible.
The reserve works in partnership with with FWC, the Conservancy of SW Florida, visiting scientists and others to address this issue.
Scientists with the Conservancy of SW Florida are inserting transmitters inside female snakes and releasing them during breeding season, enabling to locate and capture many male snakes attracted by hormones. DNA samples and stomach contents from captured snakes are studied so that more can be learned about what they are eating and how they are faring here.
We can use your help…but not by going out and attempting to capture a Burmese python. That job requires trained personnel, a collecting permit issued by the State of Florida, and other permissions issued by the Reserve.