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Study reveals hybrid pythons could be new threat to Everglades

What started out as a simple genetic study of Florida's invasive python population has turned up a surprising plot twist - a small number of crossbred Burmese and Indian pythons with the potential to become a kind of Everglades super snake.

New urgency in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Miami - Rising seas, polluted coastlines and the specter of more frequent droughts and storms have lent new urgency to efforts to restore the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades, the largest freshwater wetland in the United States.

Public outcry spurs Florida to drop Everglades fracking bill

Florida environmentalists have had a bit of good news after state lawmakers, bowing to public outcry, unexpectedly dropped a bill backed by the oil industry that would have promoted fracking in the ecologically sensitive Everglades.

In tracking Burmese pythons, 'it's all about food and sex'

Learning more about the home range and normal movement within the Burmese python's habitat will provide much needed information in controlling the invasive species in the Everglades national Park in Florida, according to a new study by the USGS.

Florida has one last chance to save the Everglades

Everglades - There's an ugly rumor going around the Internet that says Florida's Everglades will be "killed in October by Florida's own Koch Brothers." But there is more to the story than just the headline.

Chance of survival low for stranded pilot whales off Fla. coast

Dozens of short-finned pilot whales have somehow become stranded in shallow water off the coast of Florida's Everglades National Park. Ten of the whales have already died, with several having been euthanized. Wildlife officials fear that more will die.

South Florida counties working to find solution to rising seas

Florida is one of the most populous of our southern states and also the most vulnerable. With most of its 1,197 miles of coastline only a few feet above the rising seas, there is the very real danger of South Florida being lost in less than 100 years.

Video: Tour guide wrestles with monster snake in Everglades

Everglades - Tourists on a boat ride through the Florida Everglades had a vacation experience that they’ll never forget, a 10-foot python. Their tour guide, Tommy Owen, spotted the massive snake whilst accompanying a family on a tour around the Everglades on Tuesday

Vacationing family find unwelcome guest at camp site

Everglades - In what could have been a bizarre scene from the Chevy Chase movie "Christmas Vacation", a family vacationing at the Everglades National Park found a very unwelcome guest at their camp site.

Adult deer found inside giant Burmese python in Florida

Everglades City - Workers at the South Florida Water Management District, on Thursday, found a 76-pound adult deer inside a 15.7-foot Burmese python in Everglades, Florida.

Hundreds of alligators caught on tape in feeding frenzy

Fargo - A Georgia fisherman recorded hundreds of alligators gathering in a canal in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, in what biologists believe may be a strange feeding ritual. Ray Cason witnessed the gator gathering on two consecutive mornings.

Burmese Pythons Invade Florida Everglades

The fragile wetlands known as the Everglades have now become home to more than 150,000 alien Burmese pythons dumped there by uncaring pet owners. What threats do they pose for other indigenous wildlife? Read on and…shiver a little.

Project To Restore The Everglades Is Suspended

A project to store runoff water to the Everglades in southern Florida has already cost $250 million dollars and is expected to have a final cost of up to $800 million. The plan was to have the project completed by 2010. It has now been suspended.

Hemp May Help Everglades

Sunn hemp is a plant with many uses and scientists working with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Florida have found another one. Sunn hemp used as a cover crop can reduce the negative impact of atrazine a herbicide.

Snakes Alive: Pythons Live In the Everglades

Pet owners have been releasing snakes that get too big for them into the Everglades. 95 Burmese pythons were captured just last year in the swampy area. The snakes getting so large that there are reports of gator tastings.

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South Florida rocklands on Everglades National Park Long Pine Key Nature Trail.
South Florida rocklands on Everglades National Park Long Pine Key Nature Trail.
An iconic image of the Everglades  the American alligator.
Photo taken: April 8  2010.
An iconic image of the Everglades, the American alligator. Photo taken: April 8, 2010.
Lisa Jacobs
Indian Rock Python (Python molurus)
Indian Rock Python (Python molurus)
Swaroop C H from Bangalore, India (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Photo taken: July 1  1972.
CONTROL STRUCTURE IN FARMLANDS - NARA - 544476Public Domain Photo taken: July 1, 1972.
Fred Ward
Map of the Florida Everglades.
Map of the Florida Everglades.
Big Cypress Swamp: Western Everglades
Big Cypress Swamp: Western Everglades
An aerial view of the southern tip of the Florida Everglades.  It is a flowing river of freshwater  ...
An aerial view of the southern tip of the Florida Everglades. It is a flowing river of freshwater, moving 0.25 miles per day out of Lake Okeechobee and into the Florida Bay.

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