Possums and GPS-tagged raccoons could be sacrificed to capture Florida’s invasive pythons

An X-ray image shows a GPS-collar, which once sat around a possum’s neck, inside a dead Burmese python that the small mammal swallowed. (Image credit: Southern Illinois University)

Researchers have discovered an effective new way to track giant Burmese pythons, which are invasive to the US and are destroying local Florida ecosystems.

In an unrelated study of the movements and behavior of raccoons and possums in Key Largo, an island off the south coast of Florida, the researchers found that the GPS collars they attached to the small mammals could track the invasive Burmese pythons (free python,) after the superhuman snakes swallowed the tagged animals whole.

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