NATIONAL REPORT — U.S. officials banned the import of four snake species in an effort to protect the Everglades National Park in Florida. Burmese
pythons, the yellow Anaconda and Northern and Southern African pythons will not be allowed into this country starting next
month. Restrictions were mandated due to owner abandonment in ecologically sensitive areas.
Officials have been capturing more and more of these invasive snakes in recent years, including a 13-foot python.