By Kid Reporters JALILAH JONES, SHEMAR WILSON and DONALD BERGER

PHOTO: Flickr/DseVictoria
PHOTO: Flickr/DseVictoria

Burmese pythons are an invasive (non-native) species that have made the Florida Everglades their home away from home. A study by biologist Michael Dorcas reveals that the 12-16 foot-long snakes, big enough to swallow an alligator, are gobbling up the medium-sized mammals in the area. More than 99 percent of racoons, rabbits and foxes have disappeared. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service banned Burmese pythons from entering the country or crossing state lines. Will this stop them?

Did You Know?

Pythons can live up to 35 years and have anywhere from 8 to 100 eggs.