KEY LARGO, Fla. – Wildlife officials say Burmese python hatchlings have been found for the first time in the Florida Keys.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Thursday that two pythons roughly 18-inches long were found in Key Largo in early August. A third hatchling was found Aug. 23 in the northernmost part of the island chain.
The state has received 31 credible reports of Burmese pythons in the Keys over the last five years. But wildlife officials say it's the first time they've found evidence suggesting that pythons were reproducing in the area.
Kristen Sommers of the commission's Wildlife Impact Management Section said the find wasn't surprising "considering the proximity to the known breeding population in the Everglades."
Residents are urged to report any sighting of the invasive snakes.