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Commentary: Another menace to the Everglades

A hunt for Burmese pythons in the Everglades turned up an even scarier predator: the African rock python. Biologists say it's larger than the Burmese and meaner.

Authorities found three rock pythons. They caught two, but the third got away. Everglades National Park and South Florida Water Management officials are very concerned that the rock pythons are a new breeding population in the Glades. There are also worries that they will breed with the thousands of Burmese pythons believed to be in the River of Grass.

The rock pythons eat alligators, goats and have attacked children in their native lands. They don't belong in the Everglades or anywhere in North America.

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