What is Florida PARC?

If you are interested in herp conservation, you are welcome to be  part of our organization!

If you would like to become a member please send  PARCflorida@gmail.com an email with your name, email, location,  affiliation (if applicable), and herp interests.  There is no cost  for membership in Florida PARC. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is an inclusive  partnership dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna--reptiles  and amphibians--and their habitats.  Membership comes from all walks of  life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies,  conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers,  zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations,  research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants. PARC's mission is to conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats  as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and  coordinated public/private partnerships.

PARC is:

  • a diverse group of like-minded citizens, professionals, and organizations
  • an open forum for discussing herpetofaunal conservation
  • a national and international conservation network
  • a resource for everyone who values herpetofauna and their habitats
  • based on local, regional, and national efforts
  • an advocate of inclusive reptile and amphibian conservation

PARC is not:

  • a competitor
  • a funding organization
  • a policy maker

PARC is a unique conservation network because:

  • PARC includes all reptiles and amphibians
  • PARC is habitat focused
  • PARC includes all individuals, organizations, and agencies that have an interest in reptile and amphibian conservation
  • PARC focuses on endangered and threatened species and keeping common native species common

This website and any products posted herein are officially recognized by the national entity, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), as the efforts of an approved PARC state chapter.This website and any products posted herein are officially recognized by the national entity, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), as the efforts of an approved PARC state chapter.


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  1. Invasive Pythons in the United States

    Ecology of an Introduced Predator

    Michael E. Dorcas and John D. Willson
Foreword by Whit Gibbons

    The first detailed, comprehensive study of this invasive predator

    Page count: 176, 188 color photos, 8 maps, 1 table, 7 figures Paperback, c2011,

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    “The amount of misinformation and hysteria surrounding the discovery of viable populations of large pythons has been mind-boggling. This text provides a serious, scientifically-valid overview of an important ecological problem and will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of scientists and non-scientists alike.”
—Richard Seigel, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University

    “Invasive species come in all shapes and sizes—but few biological invaders are as dramatic as giant pythons. In this magnificently illustrated book, two accomplished snake biologists separate fact from fiction, and provide a user-friendly but scientifically rigorous account of how the pythons got to the USA, what we know about these troublesome aliens, and what impacts they are likely to have on the complex ecosystems of the Everglades and beyond.”
—Rick Shine, University of Sydney

    “This meticulously researched and profusely illustrated work shines a spotlight on the dangers caused by introduction of non-native pythons into South Florida while providing a comprehensive account of what we know about the ecology of Burmese pythons, both in the United States and in their native range. This book will be of considerable interest to a wide range of readers including scholars, researchers, outdoors people, wildlife enthusiasts, and those concerned about the environmental and human threats posed by this invasive species in the United States.”

    —Russell A. Mittermeier, President, Conservation International, and Vice President, IUCN

    “Michael E. Dorcas and John D. Willson provide a much-needed examination of the growing impact of Burmese pythons as an invasive species in the United States. By highlighting the many dangers and detrimental effects the introduction of non-native pythons has caused in the Everglades, this book documents the mounting threat which invasives pose to ecosystems everywhere. The first book to focus solely on this issue, Invasive Pythons is well-researched, well-illustrated, and well-timed.”
—Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor, Harvard University


    Most people think of pythons as giant snakes in distant tropical jungles, but Burmese pythons, which can reach lengths of over twenty feet and weigh over two hundred pounds, are now thriving in southern Florida.

    These natives of Asia are commonly kept as pets and presumably escaped or were released in the Everglades. Pythons are now common in this region; widespread throughout hundreds of square miles, they are breeding and appear to be expanding their range. Pythons are voracious predators that feed on a variety of native wildlife including wading birds, bobcats, white-tailed deer, and even alligators. Their presence has drawn dramatic media attention and stoked fears among the public that pythons may threaten not just native species but humans as well.

    Despite this widespread concern, information on pythons has been limited to a few scientific publications and news coverage that varies widely in fact and accuracy. With Invasive Pythons in the United States, Michael E. Dorcas and John D. Willson provide the most reliable, up-to-date, and scientifically grounded information on invasive pythons. Filled with over two hundred color photographs and fifteen figures and maps, the book will help general readers and the scientific community better understand these fascinating animals and their troubling presence in the United States.

    Features information on

    general python biology

    biology of Burmese pythons in their native range

    research on pythons in the United States

    history and status of introduced pythons in Florida

    risks pythons pose in Florida and elsewhere

    methods to control python populations

    other boas and pythons that may become or are already established in the United States

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