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Florida scientists to study if it's safe to eat pythons

12-foot Burmese python caught in Port St. Lucie
Posted at 2:03 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-20 18:41:02-05

Scientists there are looking at mercury levels in pythons to determine if they can be safely consumed.

Burmese pythons are extremely invasive species and have posed a serious risk to native wildlife southern Florida.

There's even a contractor program that has already removed 6,000 pythons from the Everglades.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the pandemic has slowed down their research, but that if they can determine pythons are safe to eat, it would help control their population.