Hunting for Burmese Pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) in Everglades National Park

November, 2006

  In November of 2006, Mike Dorcas and student Kristen Cecala traveled to Everglades National Park to assist research efforts to understand the ecology of introduced Burmese Pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) in the park. As part of their time in the Everglades, they conducted three radio-transmitter and datalogger implantation surgeries, road cruised for snakes and other herpetofauna, and hunted for introduced lizards on Key Biscayne. Tony Mills, J.D. Willson, and Caleb Hickman from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory also joined Mike and Kristen in searching for pythons.  
Read more about the study of Burmese Pythons in Everglades National Park

The Tally:

600+: miles driven while road cruising

106: Snakes found on the road

1,000,000,000...: Rana sphenocephala and other ranids and bufonids seen on the road.

12: Different invasive species captured in Florida

2: Burmese Pythons captured!!!!

7: Feet - approximate size of the first Burmese Python found by Mike and Kristen

6: Inches - approximate size of the Brihamy Blind Snake found by Tony Mills

Looking for Burmese Pythons along a canal
Beginning to road cruise at dusk in May along the Main Park Road
We saw a lot of birds.
We found Pythons!
Osteopilus septentrionalis
Agkistrodon piscivorus
Alligator mississippiensis
Crocodylus acutus
Apalone ferox
Bufo terrestris
We found lots of other things too!
Native Species
Introduced Species


Agkistrodon piscivorus (2)

Coluber constrictor (1)

Elaphe guttata (2)

Nerodia fasciata (50)

Nerodia floridana (11)

Nerodia taxispilota (1)

Nerodia clarkii (1)

Regina alleni (2)

Sistrurs miliarus (1)

Thamnophis sauritus (16)

Thamnophis sirtalis (17)


Anolis carolinensis (1)

Eumeces inexpectatus (1)


Apalone ferox (5)

Kinosternon bauri (2)

Kinosternon subrubrum (1)

Pseudemys nelsoni (4)


Alligator mississippiensis

Crocodylus acutus

Frogs and Toads:

Rana sphenocephala

Rana grylio

Bufo terrestris


Python molurus bivittata (2)

Ramphotyphlops braminus (1)


Ameiva ameiva (1)

Anolis cristatellus

Anolis cybotes

Anolis distichus

Anolis sagrei

Basiliscus vittatus (2)

Ctenosaura sp.

Hemidactylus maboui (7)

Iguana iguana


Osteopilus sepentralis (5)


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