In the Belly of a Python

Some of the Florida species found in the stomachs of invasive Burmese pythons

Burmese pythons have invaded South Florida. Many native species that the Nature Conservancy works to protect are being threatened. The following species are just a few that have been found in the stomachs of captured pythons.

Wood storks are the only stork that breed in the United States, placed on the Federal Endangered Species list in 1984.

Bobcats are about the size of a medium-sized dog, named after their “bobbed” tails that average about five inches long.

While rats are typical python fare, native species like the endangered Key Largo woodrat are rare. This small endemic rodent once ranged throughout all of Key Largo, but with less than a hundred left in the wild, pythons are posing a threat.

Limpkins are a bird of southern swamps and marshes, it has an unmistakable screaming cry. Feeds almost exclusively on apple snails.

White-tailed deer are herbivores with a home range of less than a square mile.

Saved from the brink of extinction, alligators thrive in the swamps and wetlands of the southeastern United States.

Alligator vs. python? Whoa! Revealing the struggle that South Florida faces, this infamous image caught the attention of the world. Even those species at the top of the food chain aren't safe from invasive Burmese pythons.

Rabbits are herbivores that averages 1-2 feet long, found on every continent except Antartica.

Little Blue Herons are the only heron species in which first-year birds, pure white, and adults, blue, show dramatically different coloration.

A five-year diet for a Burmese python in the Florida Everglades.