This Tuesday at 10P et/pt, Explorer‘s “Python Wars” is exposing the issue of Burmese pythons breeding in the Everglades, and whether they could throw off its ecological balance.
After studying and dissecting invading pythons, scientists confirm that the Everglades’ native species are in trouble.
A few years back, a Burmese python made the news because it actually attempted to digest an alligator in the Florida Everglades — and then burst.
Nat Geo News Editor David Braun’s Eye on the World blog delves into why “biologists and veterinarians are urging the U.S. Congress to hold off on a ban on trade in pythons and other large exotic snakes until research into how much of a threat they pose to U.S. ecosystems has been thoroughly reviewed by independent scientists.”
Find out what their range is, what they sound like, and other fast facts on the Burmese python.