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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. 2016)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Established populations were first reported in 2000 (Harvey et al. 2016)

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. 2016)

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. 2016)

Current U.S. Distribution: South Florida

Federally Regulated:


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TISI Inventory - Burmese & African Rock Pythons
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Invasive Species Compendium - Python molurus bivittatus
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Python molurus bivittatus (reptile)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

Burmese Pythons
DOI. NPS. Everglades National Park.

State Government

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).

Python Elimination Program
South Florida Water Management District.


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

EDIS Topic - Burmese Pythons
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources

Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts - Burmese Python
Mississippi State University.


Python Patrol - Stopping a Burmese Python Invasion
Nature Conservancy.


Harvey, R.G., M.L. Brien, M.S. Cherkiss, et al. 2016. Burmese Pythons in South Florida: Scientific Support for Invasive Species Management. University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Electronic Data Information Source Publication #WEC242.

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

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Last Modified: Jun 30, 2018
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