Pythons suspected in loss of Everglades wildlife
State and federal biologists try to prove - or disprove - that giant invasive pythons are the reason for the near disappearance of rabbits, opossums, raccoons, foxes, and even bobcats in the southernmost section of the 1.5-million-acre Everglades. Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia. No one knows for certain how the invasive snake entered the park. The theories that Hurricane Andrew blew them there from exotic pet shops and houses in 1992, or that numerous pet owners released them when they grew too large, are probably myths.