Nature: Invasion of the Giant Pythons
Wednesday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators.
However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders, including giant pythons, snakes that can grow to 20 feet and weigh nearly 300 pounds, some released into the wild by irresponsible pet owners, some escapees from almost 200 wildlife facilities destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Pictured above: Close-up of Burmese python head.
At right: A "river of grass" in Everglades National Park, Florida.