Snake-eat-snake: endangered pythons wipeout

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Endangered snakes reintroduced to a conservation zone near Roxby Downs in outback South Australia have been virtually wiped out in a short time.

Adelaide Zoo and the Arid Recovery Group introduced nine woma pythons into the area late last year.

John Read from Arid Recovery says only one of the womas is still alive – the others have been hunted and eaten by king brown snakes.

He says it was wrongly thought the woma pythons would prey on other snakes.

“So I guess in hindsight given that the king browns we get here are 1.5 getting on towards 2.5 metres in length, I guess it’s not surprising that they would take the occasional woma that is smaller than them,” he said.

Mr Read says the outcome is disappointing but not a total loss.

“This is one of the first times ever that captive bred snakes have been released in the wild and we weren’t sure whether snakes that had spent five years feeding on frozen white mice would know how to recognise how to hunt and eat wild food,” he said.

“Well at least four of our pythons definitely have done that.”

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10 responses to “Snake-eat-snake: endangered pythons wipeout

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  3. kevin

    show a picher about a pythons

  4. shanaenae

    well i think that it should be against the law to have pythons in the state of georgia. i think that all the pythons should be trap and never be let out. then there would be less deaths or injurys, so please read what i just said, and please take it into consideration. if you have any comments then tell me online and we’ll try to make a agreement between us. thankyou and have a nice day/night.

  5. hal

    I dont agree with miss SHANAENAE. Why dont we lock you in a box..would you like that ..Pythons are pets and the reason for them causing injurys would be from the RETARDS that put them outside if you cant handle your pets find a new home..NOT THROW THEM OUT!!

  6. Killer

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  7. Today around the Worldliving much more endangered snakes

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