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Python detector dogs continue to work to find Burmese Pythons in Everglades

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Apr 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-21 11:55:11-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — FWC has implemented a new tool to help find invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades ecosystem.

Truman and Eleanor (AKA Ellie) are still looking for wild Burmese pythons in the Everglades ecosystem.

Detector dogs Truman and Ellie have been trained to find a wide variety of animals, from bed bugs to sea turtle nests and now the FWC is using them to sniff out Burmese pythons.

When Truman or Eleanor catches the scent of a python, they follow that scent until they are within approximately 3 feet of the python. When they find a snake, the dogs alert the handler and are rewarded with a recognition response.

The dog and handler then back away from the area, clearing the way for the FWC biologist to pinpoint the exact location so they can safely catch and remove the python from the wild.

If you suspect you have found a python, please report it to the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1.

For more information on the program click here.