Thursday, February 2, 2012

Python captured in Florida cut open to reveal 59 baby snakes poised to ravage the Everglades

This monstrous creature was poised to unleash hell on one of America’s most precious and fragile ecosystems.

But with improbable luck, the vast and menacing Burmese python was caught by rangers in Florida before it could lay eggs containing the 59 super-predators inside her.

Nothing and no one is safe when this marauding foreign invader emerges from the fetid swamp that has become its strange home.

Super- pythons like this one- are causing mayhem in the Everglades where they are decimating native species, numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals.

With no natural predators scientists fear the pythons are disrupting the food chain and upset the Everglades' delicate environmental balance in ways difficult to predict.

Many of them were originally pets that were turned loose by their owners when they got too big to manage. Read More