Jenny Eckles and Edward Mercer holding African Rock Python, Miami, FL

MIAMI, FL –  Jenny Ketterlin Eckles (non-native Wildlife Biologist) and Edward Mercer (non-native Wildlife Technician), both with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are holding an African rock Python (AKA North African Python) during a press conference in the Florida Everglades on January 29, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

They were one of the snake-hunting teams checking the canals, levees and marsh for African Rock Pythons and Burmese Pythons that are abundant in Miami-Dade County.

Many of these Pythons and other non-native snakes have been let go in to the wild when the owners realize they are too big to keep.

Attending the Press Conference were:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA)
National Park Service
South Florida Water Management District
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
United States Geological Survey
University of Florida
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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