Sunday, October 05, 2008

Contracting The Pythonosphere?

A while back the ISW featured a post about a USGS study that predicted the potential range for the Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) encompassed the entire southern third of the USA. Now a new study published in the journal PLoS One disputes those claims, concluding that the range of the snakes is not likely to expand beyond Florida. The second team of researchers, from the City University of New York, claim the USGS study is faulted and that global warming will actually *shrink* the suitable American habitat available for the pythons. Want to know who to believe? Decide for yourself: check out the CUNY paper here, and the USGS paper here.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm i don`t know whom to believe..It`s quite confusing...
Anywayz thx for the info keep up the good work!!

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C W Magee said...

Are there any invasive mammals that pythons eat?

One of the pubs in Alice has some great pictures of Olive pythons constricting feral cats.