African Rock Pythons Invading Florida

Here is yet another example of why you should thoroughly research an animal before you buy it as a pet. In the U.S., a tremendous number of herps are released into natural habitats or abandoned in urban areas because their owners decided they didn’t want their pets anymore. Invasive herp species are springing up everywhere from red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans) here in the northwest to Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) in the Everglades. It seems now African rock pythons (Python sebae) have taken up residence in Florida. These snakes can grow over 20ft in length and have been documented eating antelope.  Read article.

Always be sure you understand how large and care intensive a pet is before you buy it. Just because it seems little and cute as a juvenile it may not seem so cute to you when it’s pushing 20 feet long and eating rabbits for dinner.

African Rock Python (c)2006 Graham J. Alexander

African Rock Python eating an antelope (c)2009 Alex Griffiths


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Sara Viernum

Author: Sara Viernum

Sara is a wildlife biologist and herpetologist with over 15 years experience. She started this blog in June 2011 as a way to share and promote information about herps. Gotta question or comment for Sara? Email her at sara[at]

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