Just Another Snake Story
Non-native pythons, once thought to be someone's pets, are running amuck in Everglades National Park and other parts of south Florida. In the latest story on this dilemma, from the New York Times, park biologists express amazement over the reptile's diet.
“We’ve found everything, from very small mammals — native cotton mice, native cotton rats, rabbits, squirrels, possums, raccoons, even a bobcat, most recently the hooves of a deer,” Skip Snow told the newspaper. “Wading birds and water birds, pied-billed grebes, coots, egrets, limpkins and at least one big alligator.”
The article, which you can find here, relates the problems park and Florida officials are having in combating the big snakes. It also relates that a South American anaconda was found nearby in Big Cypress National Preserve.
For more on this story, check out this 2005 report from National Geographic News.