“This observation is another important piece of evidence for the negative impact invasive Burmese pythons are having on native wildlife across the Greater Everglades Ecosystem,” Conservancy biologist Ian Bartoszek said during a press conference on the incident.
“Imagine the potential consequences to the state and federally protected Florida panther if Burmese pythons adversely affect the number of white-tailed deer, a panther’s primary prey,” Bartoszek said.
The Burmese python is a constrictor and one of the largest snakes on the planet.
The group studied the incident and recorded details that will be published in the March 2018 issue of Herpetological Review.
Conservancy scientists are also tracking about 20 pythons as part of a fieldwork project into python behavior in order to learn more about the snakes. They’re hoping the project will help them control and manage the population.