Synopses & Reviews
A plague is spreading throughout the Florida Everglades. Nonnative Burmese pythons--one of the largest snakes on the planet--are now known to be reproducing freely in the shallow waters of the famed River of Grass. Over the past decade, thousands of pythons have made themselves at home across the landscape. And though scientists work feverishly to learn as much as possible about this unprecedented invader, methods of control remain elusive. Many questions remain in the wake of this troubling discovery. How far north might the Burmese python venture from the Everglades wilderness? What might their presence mean for the countless birds and mammals--some of them endangered--with which south Florida has become synonymous? And does history seem poised to repeat itself as new, large reptiles are discovered to be thriving in the area's favorable climate? The story unfolding in the Florida Everglades provides new opportunities to revisit our understanding of wilderness and man's place within it.
"Snake in the Grass is a gripping and factual account of the most dramatic invasion yet in the continental US; it’s hard to put down. But it’s more than that. Perez depicts the surprising number of invaders in south Florida, the ecosystem-level
impacts, and the array of economic forces, politics, and weak regulations that indicate the worst is yet to come."
-Daniel Simberloff, Nancy Gore Hunger Professor, University of Tennessee
Editor-in-Chief, Biological Invasions
Senior Editor, Encyclopedia of Biological Invasions
"Snake-eating alligators and alligator-eating snakes might seem like a science fiction story-line, but those battles are playing out in Everglades National Park, where an invasion of non-native pythons threatens to upend a rich and diverse ecosystem that includes the largest tract of wilderness east of the Rockies. Larry Perez skillfully explores this astonishing assault -- the repercussions already tallied and those lying in wait -- in a book that reads almost like fiction but which, sadly, is only too factual."
-Kurt Repanshek, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, National Parks Traveler
"Snake in the Grass is the most comprehensive review of the invasion of Burmese pythons in the Everglades to date, and aptly explains their potential to irreparably alter the dynamics of Everglades ecosystems forever. Burmese pythons, like other nonnative plants and animals, are in Florida to stay.Snake in the Grass outlines counter-invasion strategies like legal reform, to on-the-ground control techniques. The book could not have been more timely."
-Roger L. Hammer, author of Everglades Wildflowers and A Falcon Guide to Everglades National Park & the Surrounding Area
A ranger in Everglades National Park describes one of the most significant biological disasters in our nation—the invasion of potentially tens of thousands of nonnative Burmese pythons. Nowhere else on the planet has a species of snake so large, up to 200 pounds, established itself beyond its native range. They have already consumed dozens of species of birds, mammals and reptiles in south Florida—several of them threatened or endangered.
About the Author
Larry Perez is a lifelong resident of Miami who has spent over fifteen years working in south Florida’s natural areas. During his career, he has worked as a naturalist for Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation, and as a ranger for Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. Larry is a graduate of Florida International University where he completed programs in park and recreation management and environmental studies. He is also the author of Words on the Wilderness: A History of Place Names in South Florida’s National Parks (ECity Publishing, 2007) and maintains a healthy fascination with lizards and snakes.