New exotic invasive snake is captured in Everglades National Park
A nonnative Central American milk snake that was removed from Mahogany Hammock Trail in Florida's Everglades National Park this week by scientists from the United States Geological Survey. - Jillian Josimovich/USGS/TNS

MIAMI — Visitors hiking the Mahogany Hammock Trail in Everglades National Park earlier this month spotted an unfamiliar snake. It turned out to be a brand new invasive species. The hikers alerted park staff of the sighting. Park staff and biologists from the United States Geological Survey’s Fort Collins Science Center captured the snake, which was identified as a non-native Central American milk snake. It appears to be a solo snake, good news for a park and Everglades ecosystem overrun by exotic invasive reptiles. “This individual is thought to be a released pet because of its docile behavior...