Role of Environmental Variables on the Distribution of the Burmese Python in Florida

Zella A. Conyers, Shouraseni Sen Roy

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to model the relationship between environmental variables and the spatial distribution of the Burmese Python across Florida. MaxEnt model was utilized to understand the relative preference of pythons based on environmental variables. The presence of Burmese Python is high along roads and canals, our study moves beyond these human-made paths to identify other environmental variables which determine their distribution. The distribution is mostly restricted to south Florida, and the probability of presence is high in areas where elevation is 0–1 feet and mean temperature ranges between 24–25 ℃. The most suitable habitats were located throughout wetlands where the soil is shallow and sits atop limestone. There was also a seasonal shift in distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Environmental Science from the Euro-Mediterranean and Surrounding Regions - Proceedings of 2nd Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Environmental Integration, EMCEI-2 2019
EditorsMohamed Ksibi, Achraf Ghorbal, Sudip Chakraborty, Helder I. Chaminé, Maurizio Barbieri, Giulia Guerriero, Olfa Hentati, Abdelazim Negm, Anthony Lehmann, Jörg Römbke, Armando Costa Duarte, Elena Xoplaki, Nabil Khélifi, Gilles Colinet, João Miguel Dias, Imed Gargouri, Eric D. Van Hullebusch, Benigno Sánchez Cabrero, Settimio Ferlisi, Chedly Tizaoui, Amjad Kallel, Sami Rtimi, Sandeep Panda, Philippe Michaud, Jaya Narayana Sahu, Mongi Seffen, Vincenzo Naddeo
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages1063-1069
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030512095
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event2nd Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Environmental Integration, EMCEI 2019 - Sousse, Tunisia
Duration: Oct 10 2019Oct 13 2019

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)1863-5520
ISSN (Electronic)1863-5539

Conference

Conference2nd Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Environmental Integration, EMCEI 2019
Country/TerritoryTunisia
CitySousse
Period10/10/1910/13/19

Keywords

  • Burmese python
  • Florida
  • Invasive species
  • MaxEnt
  • Species distribution modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems

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