Burmese Pythons and other large snakes that have invaded the Everglades and are feasting on its endangered wildlife are Florida’s problem and not cause for a nationwide ban, declared some Republicans in Congress last week.   Although environmentalists believe these snakes will ultimately undermine efforts to restore wildlife as part of a multi-billion-dollar restoration of the Everglades, some congressmen believe that fears of an increase habitat range attributed to global warming are simply overblown.  

This jeopardizes a bill filed by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Tequesta) and supported by proponents of Everglades restoration.  Testimony in opposition included members from Florida’s delegation who believe that a nationwide ban is “a solution looking for a problem.” 

It was noted that The Interior Department has already issued an administrative rule banning importation and interstate sales of Burmese Pythons and three other species.

For more information or questions please contact FAC Environmental Advocate Stephen James.