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.
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.