Ten years of Burmese python research and removal efforts

January 24, 2023

In the past ten years, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s python research and removal program has eliminated over 1,000 invasive snakes weighing in excess of 26,700 pounds from 160 square miles of public and private land in southwestern Florida.

See most recent scientific publication, published by NeoBiota

During this time, its research collaboration published 18 scientific articles across a wide-range of peer reviewed journals. The project was featured within numerous international magazines and generated a book “Tracking Pythons” that reached a younger audience.

Over the years, the media attention generated from the python program was unmatched and circled the globe on multiple occasions. The 2022 story of the largest captured python was estimated to have reached 4 billion views and was a National Geographic feature.

Media day regarding the largest captured python

State and Federal agencies have adopted novel removal methodologies generated from the Conservancy’s python program and incorporated the research findings into management plans and scientific publications.

Recent Publication: NeoBiota

This scientific journal, Burmese pythons in Florida: A synthesis of biology, impacts, and management tools, published by NeoBiota, is full of relevant and useful information on the Burmese python and puts the vast majority of what is known to date under one publication.

This was many years in the making and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s contributions, made by Environmental Science Coordinator, Ian A. Bartoszek and Biologist, Ian Easterling, were incorporated and cited extensively.

The bulk of the credit goes to Jacky Guzy from the USGS WARC Center with Kristen Hart pushing behind the scenes to pull everything and everyone together.

Conservancy biologists out in the field tracking the invasive Burmese python