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USGS, partners track and remove Burmese pythons

Matthew McCollister picutred left with partners in python project
Matthew McCollister (left) is part of a multi-agency approach to rid South Florida of invasive Burmese pythons. Photo: Kirsten Hines, National Park Service

Where there are male pythons, females are not far away. That’s the idea for an initiative to track and remove invasive Burmese pythons that are wreaking havoc on South Florida’s ecosystems and endangered species. Male “scout” pythons are outfitted with tracking devices that lead to the fast-breeding, elusive female, which can grow up to 18 feet. Furman alumnus Matthew McCollister ’05, a biologist with Big Cypress National Preserve, is part of the multi-agency approach to protect Florida’s native species. Learn more in a USGS news release and related story.

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