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US Burmese pythons removed from Florida Everglades by the thousands

17:43  01 august  2020
17:43  01 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

5,000 Burmese pythons removed from Florida Everglades

  5,000 Burmese pythons removed from Florida Everglades Florida wildlife officials announced last week that 5,000 invasive Burmese pythons have been removed from the delicate Everglades ecosystem since setting up elimination programs three years ago. © Provided by FOX News Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Teams with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) worked together to reach the milestone effort, the agencies said in a statement on Tuesday.

Burmese pythons ( Python bivittatus) are native to Southeast Asia. However, since the end of the 20th century, they have become an established breeding population in South Florida . Although Burmese pythons were first sighted in Everglades National Park in the 1990s

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Monday it has removed 1,000 invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades . The removal comes after the South Florida Water Management District removed 2,600 pythons earlier in the month, marking the grand total of 3

Talk about your unwanted guests.

a couple of people that are sitting on a snake: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has removed thousands of Burmese pythons from the Everglades. © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has removed thousands of Burmese pythons from the Everglades.

Burmese pythons are not naturally found in Florida. But the nonnative pests reproduce -- and kill other species -- so frequently that the state takes extraordinary measures to combat them.

Wildlife officials removed 5,000 from the Everglades, according to a statement from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"Each invasive python eliminated represents hundreds of native Florida wildlife saved," said "Alligator Ron" Bergeron, a member of the South Florida Water Management District's governing board. "Florida is doing more than it ever has to remove pythons from the Everglades and protect this ecosystem for generations to come."

How did Burmese pythons became so established in Florida?

Wildlife officials say it happened as a result of escaped or released pets. It is illegal to release nonnative species into the wild.

Florida reports third straight single-day coronavirus death record .
Florida reported 252 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours on Thursday, its third straight single-day record total of COVID-19 fatalities.The state also reported 9,956 new cases, bringing its total to more than 461,000 infections and 6,709 deaths since the start of the pandemic.Florida's ranks as the second-highest infection total in the nation, just behind California's 473,785, according to CBS News.Florida is the largest state in the country without some form of a statewide mask mandate.

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