Nine snake species not native to the United States could cause major problems for American ecosystems if established in the wild. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the snakes are popular pets among reptile lovers, but owners often release the snakes when they become too difficult to care for. Once released, these snakes attack, consume and decimate other species that are unused to living among predatory reptiles.
The nine snake species are: the Burmese python, reticulated python, northern African python, southern African python, boa constrictor, yellow anaconda, Deschauensee’s anaconda, green anaconda and Beni anaconda. The Burmese python is considered “high risk” and could potentially infiltrate the lower third of the United States.