S. Florida Fears New Everglades 'Super Snake'

Florida hunts for new species of python

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 14, 2010 1:58 PM CST

(Newser) – A state-coordinated hunt for a new invasive python population is under way in the Everglades, amid fears that Southern Florida could soon be home to a new “super snake.” The 3-day hunt launched Tuesday has so far nabbed at least five African rock pythons, one of them 14 feet long. Environmental officials fear that signals a full population of the snake out there, not a few wayward released pets, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

“They are bigger and meaner than the Burmese python,” said one official. “It’s not good news.” One of the pythons captured measured 21 inches around the middle. Worse, officials fear that the African rock pythons will mate with the Burmese species, creating a “super snake” that will menace the region’s wildlife.

This Aug. 24, 2009, photo released by the Florida Museum of Natural History, shows Burmese pythons, left, and an African rock python, center, that were removed from the Florida Everglades.
This Aug. 24, 2009, photo released by the Florida Museum of Natural History, shows Burmese pythons, left, and an African rock python, center, that were removed from the Florida Everglades.   (AP Photo/Florida Museum of Natural History, Kenneth Krysko)
A wildlife biologis, captures a wild python on the side of the Tamiami Trail road that cuts through the Florida Everglades on September 16, 2009 near Miami, Florida.
A wildlife biologis, captures a wild python on the side of the Tamiami Trail road that cuts through the Florida Everglades on September 16, 2009 near Miami, Florida.   (Getty Images)
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