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Pythons in the Everglades

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on 11 April 2017

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Transcript of Pythons in the Everglades

People have brought in Burmese pythons as exotic pets. When the pythons grew too big for easy handling, they let them go in the wild. This has caused the pythons to become an invasive species in the Everglades. They are now on top of the food web and are endangering the other species below them.
Also, if needed, the eggs do not have to be destroyed. They can be extracted for further study. This study can even assist in the decreasing of the pythons in the Everglades.
PROS
Eradication of the pythons' eggs at the nesting sites would be good because if handled with precision, the python species would no longer be an invasive species, but would not become endangered or extinct.
CONS
Harm to other species is inevitable, even if performed with care. The predicted harm is moderate and even potentially high. The other prey is already lower then it should be. If decreased too much, it could endanger the species in the Everglades.
If the pythons were to suddenly decrease, the alligator population would increase by 20%. The increase in another predator population would have a negative effect on the other prey.
The initial cost for the efforts would be approximately $500,000. The annual cost for maintenance is another $500,000. The $1 million it adds up to is actually the least amount in the list of solutions, with the most being $8 million dollars. That would be sterilization.
Pythons in the Everglades
Pythons invade the Everglades
Our Solution:
Locate the nests and destroy the eggs
Hunters would locate nests and destroy
the eggs, causing a halt in their
reproduction process.
The time period needed would be during late spring for 20 to 40 days. Compared to the other solutions, this is relatively short. To ensure a lasting consequence of the egg hunts, there needs to be sufficient amount of time eradicate the invasive species.
Overall Conclusion
The cons are the chances of harm to other species, of alligator population increase, and the short period of time where hunting is possible. But the pythons would be eradicated to an acceptable point. Eggs can also be extracted for further study and the cost is not unreasonable. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons.
Works Cited Lists
Joyce, Christopher "Invasive Put Squeeze On Everglades' Animals." NPR. NPR, 30 Jan. 2012. Web. 10 April. 2017.
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