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Homing of invasive Burmese pythons in South Florida: evidence for map and compass senses in snakes

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Letters, March 2014
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17 news outlets
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13 tweeters
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5 Facebook pages
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Title
Homing of invasive Burmese pythons in South Florida: evidence for map and compass senses in snakes
Published in
Biology Letters, March 2014
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0040
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Authors

Shannon E. Pittman, Kristen M. Hart, Michael S. Cherkiss, Ray W. Snow, Ikuko Fujisaki, Brian J. Smith, Frank J. Mazzotti, Michael E. Dorcas

Abstract

Navigational ability is a critical component of an animal's spatial ecology and may influence the invasive potential of species. Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) are apex predators invasive to South Florida. We tracked the movements of 12 adult Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park, six of which were translocated 21-36 km from their capture locations. Translocated snakes oriented movement homeward relative to the capture location, and five of six snakes returned to within 5 km of the original capture location. Translocated snakes moved straighter and faster than control snakes and displayed movement path structure indicative of oriented movement. This study provides evidence that Burmese pythons have navigational map and compass senses and has implications for predictions of spatial spread and impacts as well as our understanding of reptile cognitive abilities.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 6%
Israel 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
Unknown 75 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 25%
Researcher 16 19%
Student > Master 16 19%
Student > Bachelor 16 19%
Student > Postgraduate 4 5%
Other 10 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 57 69%
Environmental Science 12 14%
Unspecified 5 6%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 2%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 2%
Other 5 6%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 198. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 August 2016.
All research outputs
#62,884
of 13,033,453 outputs
Outputs from Biology Letters
#102
of 2,428 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#994
of 188,670 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Biology Letters
#5
of 50 outputs
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