Webcomic Explains How Pythons Invaded Florida—And Why They're A Problem

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Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, but in the last 40 years, they've invaded the Florida Everglades, where their population has exploded. This short comic explains how Burmese pythons got there in the first place — and how it's wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.

Cartoonist journalist Andy Warner's latest piece at Medium's The Nib is "The Snake That Ate Florida," a brief and alarming history of the Burmese python, and how an exotic pet fad led to a radical decline in the mammal population in the Everglades. Warner talks to researchers who study the snakes in the Everglades about how ecologists have tried to stem the python's population growth and where the snakes could end up next.

Be sure to check out more of Warner's non-fiction comics at The Nib.

The Snake That Ate Florida [The Nib]

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I'm really thankful these seem to be farther South than where I'm located... I'm not afraid of snakes, but I've just heard so many horror stories about these going after cats and dogs. Moving from Canada to Florida was such a shock because of how drastically different the wildlife is. I was in the backyard not too long ago when I spotted this HUGE turtle just sort of nudging its way along the fence. I figured it was trying to get to the retention pond across the street, and when I went over to pick it up and carry it there myself, I FREAKED OUT because its shell was all soft and squishy and wet. I thought it had some crazy rotting disease and was about two steps from bundling it into the car to the vet before my brain kicked in and went, "Don't be stupid. Softshell Turtle." Then there was the time my husband had to rescue a smallish alligator from being stuck in the same fence. If you grew up in a place that was mostly prairie, forest and mountain like I did, you just didn't encounter much beyond little snakes and frogs.