Lawmakers have tried to solve the python problem. They’ve made it against the law to bring pythons into the U.S. Florida and other states also have laws saying pythons can’t be pets.
Still, the number of pythons in the wild is out of control. Experts say tens of thousands of them could be living in the Everglades.
Even though they’re huge, Burmese pythons are hard to find. Their spotted skin blends in with plants.
“They may be hiding in some grass at your feet, and you’d never know it,” says wildlife scientist Ian Bartoszek. “They’re good at staying out of sight.”
Wildlife officials in Florida have caught more than 5,000 pythons since 2008. Bartoszek says the chances of removing all Burmese pythons from the Everglades are slim. But he’s not giving up.
“It’s not over till it’s over,” Bartoszek says.