, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp 2375-2377
Date: 20 Nov 2009

R.N. Reed and G.H. Rodda (eds): Giant constrictors: biological and management profiles and an establishment risk assessment for nine large species of pythons, anacondas, and the boa constrictor

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Giant Constrictors estimates ecological risks associated with colonization of the United States by the world’s four largest snakes (green anaconda, Indian or Burmese python, northern African python, and reticulated python) plus four very similar species (the southern African python, yellow anaconda, DeSchaunsee’s anaconda, and Beni anaconda) and the boa constrictor. Possible economic costs are also detailed but not quantified. This book follows massive publicity about the establishment in the Florida Everglades of a large population of the Burmese python. Deer and alligators are known to be taken by this behemoth, and further north in Florida a 4-m “pet” of this species recently strangled a 2-year old girl. Also, in their native ranges there are credible accounts that several others of these species have (rarely) killed people, and these facts alone should generate interest in Giant Constrictors. There is yet another angle; a paper by Rodda et al. (2009) using similar methods as this v ...