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UF/IFAS scientist discovers parasite introduced by invasive pythons is threatening Florida’s native snakes

DAVIE, FL. – In Florida, native snakes play an important role in the environment that we live and enjoy. Now that role is being threatened by invasive Burmese pythons introducing a non-native lung parasite to nearly half of the sunshine state’s counties in southern Florida and possibly more. To make matters worse, native snakes are so susceptible to infection that the parasite has spread northward beyond the range of pythons. “We could

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