Burmese Python Ecology

Despite being widely distributed throughout Southeast Asia as well as being an invasive species in the Florida Everglades, very little is known about the native ecology of Burmese Pythons. This project aims to learn more about the spatial requirements and habitat use of Burmese pythons in the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve. The Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve is made up of both protected forests and a matrix of land use types including residential areas and farmland. Burmese pythons are found almost exclusively outside of the protected forested areas and are therefore subject to persecution from humans. In addition to learning more about the spatial ecology of the Burmese python, this project also attempts to better understand human-python conflict and ways that we can mitigate and avoid future conflict.