ecosystem management

July 15, 2009

Florida county urged to eradicate exotic reptiles

Margaret Lowman

Following the strangling death of a two-year-old child by a Burmese python, Meg Lowman (2006) urged Sumter County officials to eradicate exotic reptiles. She has been studying the impact of nonnative reptiles such as pythons, Nile monitors, and spiny-tailed lizards in Florida and last year warned the state about the rising threat they pose to wildlife and humans. Read the opinion pieces in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Lakeland Ledger.