More benefits of 3rd world immigrants
Burmese pythons and other giant snakes imported as pets could
endanger some of America’s most important parks and wilderness areas if
they are allowed to multiply, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Wildlife experts say the Burmese python is distributed across
thousands of square miles (kilometers) in south Florida. There could be
tens of thousands in the Everglades, a wildlife refuge that is home to
the Florida panther and other endangered species.
The Burmese python and four other non-native snakes—boa
constrictors, yellow anacondas, northern and southern African
pythons—are considered “high-risk” threats to the health of U.S.
ecosystems because they eat native birds and animals, the U.S.
Geological Survey report said.
Two species, the boa constrictor and Burmese python, have already
established breeding populations in south Florida and experts have
found “strong evidence” that the northern African python may be
breeding in the wild as well.
Florida wildlife officials say the Everglades wetland is a dumping
ground for pet owners who find their snakes too large to handle when
they mature. They eat birds, reptiles, rodents and other small mammals
and are considered a major threat to endangered species like the wood
stork and Key Largo woodrat.