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first reports of ectoparasites collected from wild-caught exotic reptiles in florida.we collected ectoparasites from 27 of 51 wild-caught, free-ranging exotic reptiles examined in florida from 2003 to 2008. sampled animals represented eight species, five of which yielded ectoparasites. reported new parasite distribution records for the united states include the following: the first collection of the african tick amblyomma latum (koch) from a wild-caught animal [ball python, python regius (shaw)] in the united states; the first collection of the lizard scale mite hirstiella stami ...201121337954
environmental dna (edna) sampling improves occurrence and detection estimates of invasive burmese pythons.environmental dna (edna) methods are used to detect dna that is shed into the aquatic environment by cryptic or low density species. applied in edna studies, occupancy models can be used to estimate occurrence and detection probabilities and thereby account for imperfect detection. however, occupancy terminology has been applied inconsistently in edna studies, and many have calculated occurrence probabilities while not considering the effects of imperfect detection. low detection of invasive gia ...201525874630
homing of invasive burmese pythons in south florida: evidence for map and compass senses in snakes.navigational ability is a critical component of an animal's spatial ecology and may influence the invasive potential of species. burmese pythons (python molurus bivittatus) are apex predators invasive to south florida. we tracked the movements of 12 adult burmese pythons in everglades national park, six of which were translocated 21-36 km from their capture locations. translocated snakes oriented movement homeward relative to the capture location, and five of six snakes returned to within 5 km o ...201424647727
ecological correlates of invasion impact for burmese pythons in florida.an invasive population of burmese pythons (python molurus bivittatus) is established across several thousand square kilometers of southern florida and appears to have caused precipitous population declines among several species of native mammals. why has this giant snake had such great success as an invasive species when many established reptiles have failed to spread? we scored the burmese python for each of 15 literature-based attributes relative to predefined comparison groups from a diverse ...201222938523
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