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Burmese Python

Burmese python - National Park ServiceScientific name: Python molurus bivittatus Kuhl, 1820 (ITIS)

Common name: Burmese python

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Native To: Southeast Asia (Harvey et al. 2010)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Established populations were first reported in 2000 (Harvey et al. 2010)

Means of Introduction: Imported to the U.S. for the pet trade; wild populations became established from animals that escaped or were intentionally released (Harvey et al. 2010)

Impact: Preys on native species, some of which are endangered (such as the Key Largo woodrat, Neotoma floridana smalli); may also compete with threatened native species, such as the indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) (Harvey et al. 2010)

Current U.S. Distribution: South Florida

Federally Regulated:

  • Injurious Wildlife
    DOI. FWS. Fish and Aquatic Conservation.
    Includes species listed as injurious wildlife under the Federal Lacey Act, which makes it illegal in the U.S. to import, export, or transport between States without a permit.


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Invasive Species Compendium - Python molurus bivittatus
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Python molurus bivittatus (reptile)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


Burmese Pythons
DOI. NPS. Everglades National Park.


Nonnatives: Burmese Python
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Halt the Burmese Python (Mar 2012; PDF | 323 KB)
Collier Soil and Water Conservation District (Florida).


Burmese Python (Non-Native)
University of Florida. Florida Museum of Natural History.

Burmese Pythons in South Florida: Scientific Support for Invasive Species Management
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Python sp. (Burmese and African Rock Pythons)
Texas State University System. Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.


Pythons and Constrictors - The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area
Galveston Bay Estuary Program.

Stopping a Burmese Python Invasion
Nature Conservancy.


Harvey, R.G., M.L. Brien, M.S. Cherkiss, et al. 2010. Burmese Pythons in South Florida: Scientific Support for Invasive Species Management. University of Florida, IFAS Extension. Publication #WEC242.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Python molurus bivittatus. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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Last Modified: Nov 18, 2015
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