Africa's largest snake--the ill-tempered, 20-foot-long (6.1-meter-long) African rock python--has recently been discovered reproducing in Florida
, the new USGS report says.
More dangerous than Burmese pythons--which are already breeding in Florida--the African pythons (above, an adult swallows an impala fawn) are "so mean, they come out of the egg striking," Florida Museum of Natural History's Krysko said in September. Partially for this reason, the snakes, native to sub-Saharan Africa, are not popular as pets in the United States.
But there's a high likelihood that the snakes could establish themselves if released into Florida's peninsula, southern Texas, and parts of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the report says.
Photograph by Beverly Joubert, National Geographic Image Collection