Why Focus on the Burmese Python?
The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world. The average length of an adult Burmese python is 12 feet! In 1992, when Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida, it also freed animals from zoos, wildlife refuges and private homes, including the Burmese python, some of which managed to escape to freedom in the Florida Everglades, an ideal habitat for the snakes. There have also been several cases of baby snakes are bought by private individuals as pets but let loose after the snakes grow t0o big for the owner to care for it.
Fast-forward to 2006 when the first “Python nest” was found and scientists began to conduct research on the population and breeding of the Burmese python. To everyone’s surprise, they estimate there to be hundreds of thousands this snake species in Florida because every female python can breed an average of 36 eggs each time and with an average lifespan of 20 years, this equals a staggering number of snakes. Last year, the National Park Service estimated the population to have reached 100,000
The Dangers of a Growing Burmese Python Population
Not only are pythons dangerous to life and property, but these snakes are also a threat to the ecological balance of the state. They are predators that other animals cannot kill except for the alligator. They have a voracious appetite and are threatening the deer, rabbits, bobcat, opossum, raccoon, rat, and fox population.
You Can Help!
After the first Python Challenge which had over 1,000 participants who succeeded in capturing several dozen snakes, the number of participants and captured snakes continues to grow but help is still needed.
This is the hunt of a lifetime where you experience the thrill of your life being in a real-life adventure with a great cause: to save Florida and keep Floridians safe from these predators.