This isn't a very clear photo of a Burmese Python which is appropriate, they are extremely difficult to see. Most experts believe the Burmese pythons established a reproducing population in the Everglades sometime after category 5 Hurricane Andrew devastated the state in August 1992. It was during that storm that a python breeding facility was destroyed, releasing countless snakes into the nearby swamps. Burmese pythons are massive snakes that grow to 20 feet long or more that have decimated the Everglades environment. Experts have no idea how many there are, it could be tens of thousands, or it could be hundreds of thousands in the 1.5 million acres of wilderness.
Burmese Pythons have devastated the mammal population of the Everglades, severely threatening its biodiversity. One reliable study found that marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits and foxes have effectively disappeared while raccoon, opossum and bobcat populations dropped 99.3, 98.9, and 87.5 percent respectively.