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    "Surf's Up!" exclaims a Florida Burmese Python. "Cowabunga dude!"

    i wonder if the invasive Burms of Florida are spreading to the tropics of Miami or whether this 11footer got caught in some of the recent storms and flushed out to sea. or maybe it's totally tubular python just catching some killer waves. either way, i wonder if they can make it to the Bahamas, Cuba or some other nearby island country as well.

    story here:
    Burmese python discovered in surprising place

    Officials in Florida made a surprising discovery swimming a mile offshore in Biscayne National Park this week: an 11-foot Burmese python.

    Biscayne National Park, which is 95 percent water, is located just south of Miami and about 18 miles east of Everglades National Park, where the invasive species is prevalent.

    Park biologists netted the python so it could be safely captured and removed from the park.

    “While these snakes are relatively uncommon here in Biscayne, we do remain vigilant so we can respond and remove this invasive species when we see them,” the park wrote on Facebook.

    Pythons were discovered in the Everglades two decades ago and have established a population estimated to be around 100,000. The creatures are causing serious damage to the ecosystem of the Everglades as they feed on native wildlife like deer, bobcats, alligators, possum and rabbits.

    The Florida Wildlife Commission and South Florida Water Management District instituted an eradication program that rewards python hunters financially for catching the invasive species. On June 25, the program celebrated the 500th python removed from the Everglades.

    Officials urge that all sightings of pythons be reported.

    and here:
    Biscayne Bay isn’t a python’s usual habitat, but park rangers found one taking a swim

    Biscayne National Park biologists netted a large Burmese python swimming about a mile off the mainland this week.

    The snake was 11 feet long and weighed 31 pounds, according to a post on the park’s Facebook page.

    The Park Service says the invasive snakes are not found in the Biscayne Bay area too often, but it’s not unheard of either. They’re more common in the Everglades, where their population has exploded since the late 1980s.

    The snakes were originally introduced into the South Florida wild when pet owners released them because they became too large for untrained reptile handlers to care for. They have thrived here because the climate is similar to that of their native habitat.

    Scientists estimate there may be as many as 30,000 invasive pythons in the Everglades, preying on native species like raccoons, rabbits and other small animals, as well as larger species like deer.

    A dead 12.5-foot python was photographed in 2005 after it had ingested an alligator in the Everglades.

    In the Florida Keys, wildlife officials blame pythons, as well as feral cats, for making it difficult for native endangered Key Largo woodrats and cotton mice to rebound.

    Park officials could not be immediately reached to respond to questions about the fate of the snake caught in the bay.
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