Tuesday, August 28, 2018


by Bob Walsh

There are a LOT of non-native snakes running around Florida and they may present an even bigger problem than previously suspected.

Scientists have recently found that more than 3% of the pythons captured in Florida represent a certain level of DNA mixing between the more typical Burmese Python and the Indian Rock Python.

The Indian Rock Python is smaller and faster than the Burmese Python, and can live in a higher, dryer environment very nicely. This could lead to a very dangerous crossbreed snake developing in the estimated 150,000 population of Pythons slithering around the wilds of Florida. Or maybe not.

I think I am pretty safe in Stockton and I am sure as hell not going to Florida any time soon, so it is of only academic interest to me personally.

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