Because of their fondness for marshlands, many Burmese pythons have reached the Everglades and reproduced at an alarmingly rapid rate. In 2007, Mojo’s species were officially established in North Florida and in the coastal areas of the Panhandle. By 2009, more than 1,300 Burmese pythons had been captured in the Everglades.
However, despite their invasive presence in North America, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature listed the Burmese python as “vulnerable” and Burmese pythons are even listed as a protected species in Hong Kong. This is likely due to the historic practice of killing large pythons for their skins for the world leather market and for folk medicine remedies.