It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Pythons in the Florida Everglades

 Governor DeSantis python speech at Everglades Holiday Park

Did You Know?

Burmese pythons are a menace to Florida. This top predator can get up to 20 feet (6 meters) in length, and they have the ability to consume most of the Everglades’ native wildlife, including medium-sized alligators.1

Burmese pythons were brought to South Florida as pets nearly 50 years ago. Owners released these pets into the wild and they’ve been causing destruction ever since, devastating populations of the native animals in the Everglades.

Florida has been paying hunters since March 2017 to catch and kill these invasive snakes to stop them from continuing to destroy the natural food chain in the Florida Everglades. Since then, more than 3,000 pythons have been extinguished from the delicate land. Believe it or not – these efforts have not been enough.

Governor Ron DeSantis Vows to Double Funding and Expand Access to Rid the State of Pythons

Earlier this month, Governor Ron DeSantis announced he’s willing to take additional steps and strategic methods to put up a tougher fight against the Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. DeSantis stated that Florida will double its resources for python removal and that the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture have a new agreement to begin hunting pythons in 130,000 acres of state parks.

Press Conference at Holiday Park

During this press conference held at our Everglades Holiday Park, DeSantis explained that the state has worked out a plan with the government to allow hunters to access Big Cypress National Preserve in the western Everglades. Not to mention – there will be an annual Python Challenge contest to drive incentive for hunters to catch as many pythons as they can.

Pythons are not native to this area, and they’re incredibly invasive. They’ve permeated and disrupted the natural balance of what we know as the Florida Everglades – and it’s time to kick them out. With these efforts to get rid of pythons in the Florida Everglades, PETA is calling on Governor DeSantis to ensure the proper steps are being taken for the humane killing of this invasive species.

Everglades Holiday Park is a place for airboat rides and Everglades animal encounters – not invasive pythons. At our national park, we’re dedicated to working with Governor DeSantis and government officials to ensure that the Florida Everglades protection efforts are properly set in place. We agree that this is a step in the right direction in efforts to care for the unique environment the Everglades offers.

Related

Governor Ron DeSantis Announcement at Everglades Holiday Park
Florida Python Hunters
Pythons Are Becoming a Problem in the Florida Everglades

Sources:
  1. Live Science – Python Facts – Quoted by Sara Viernum
  2. CBS Miami – Gov. DeSantis To Expand Efforts On Eliminating Pythons From Florida Everglades
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