Florida Pythons: What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

Florida has a python problem which just got worse. According to a story on National Geographic African rock pythons have been found in the wild in Florida
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A Letter to Florida: Please Stop Releasing Snakes Into The Everglades

Dear Florida,
Between 1996 and 2006 an estimated 99,000 Burmese pythons were imported into the US, of these an estimated 30,000 now live in the Everglades. Worse yet, they, along with released Boas, are now breeding.

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Friday Python Blogging

Pythons are rather cool, in that the hallmarks of their evolution (limb loss) can be seen. In that respect they are (like whales) good examples of the evolutionary process.

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During the course of their evolutionary history, which spans some 30-60 million years, snakes lost their limbs and pelvis. Except some species in the Boidae family (of which, pythons are a subfamily) still retain vestigial pelvis and limbs.

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Like other animals pythons are not immune from covergent evolution!

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Finally, some intersting links:

Vestigial Limbs ,

General info, Vestigial limbs, Vestigial limbs,

Phylogeny and evolution,

Mechanisms of limb loss,

Phylogeny,

Bibliography (asian boiids),

Molecular phlogeny,

General,

Evolutionary issues,

EMBL Reptile Database,

More molecular phylogeny,

Cold Blooded News,

and finally Some paleontology

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