What harm do pythons cause in Florida


There are around 45 different types of Snakes in Florida, of which only 6 are poisonous:

  1. Highland moccasin (lat.agkistrodon piscivorus)
  2. Water moccasin (lat.agkistrodon piscivorus)
  3. rattlesnake (lat. serpent)
  4. Timber Rattlesnake (lat.crotalus horridus)
  5. Dusky Pygmy (lat. sistrurus miliarius barbouri)
  6. Eastern coral snake (lat. micrurus fulvius)

Venomous snakes are quite rare, and many of these snakes belong to the pit viper family.
The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the longest rattlesnake in the world and can grow up to 2.5 meters long.

In the east of the USA, the most common venomous snake is the Highland moccasin. The water moccasin lives in swamps and lakes and can be up to 4 meters long. Its bite is highly toxic and can cause severe tissue damage and is often mistaken for harmless water snakes and killed.

The most famous and common snake in Florida is the black racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor), it is a non-poisonous snake, the black racer swallows its prey alive.

There are also strangler snakes such as boas and pythons. In some parts of Florida, ball pythons have been spotted that can grow up to six meters long. The green anaconda, which can weigh 200 kilograms, has also been seen. Boas and pythons are native to Southeast Asia. They were spread around the world through sale as pets. The snakes are sold as babies with a length of 50 cm and grow up to 2 meters in a year. Some of their owners can no longer obtain food for the animals and then simply abandon the snakes. The subtropical climate of Florida is the ideal habitat for the snakes.

By the way: Pythons multiply in Florida so quickly that they are officially perceived as a nuisance. For the first time these animals were given free for hunting.