Proliferating Pythons

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Invasive Species is Bad News

In a special edition titled “100 New Discoveries,” Time magazine covered the positive and negative—among the “Fascinating, Momentous and Mind-Expanding Stories” included in the volume is the troubling proliferation of invasive species. “On nearly every border, the United States is under biological invasion,” the magazine proclaims. A prime example is the Burmese python, which is decimating populations of small mammals in the Everglades.

The article concludes with a sobering note about the python invasion: “Removing a huge portion of all the mammals from the Everglades is going to have a dramatic impact on the ecosystem. But right now we don’t have anything that can significantly suppress the python population.”

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