Dan Rather's TV report on pythons in Everglades airs Tuesday

Greg Kahn/Staff 
 A 13-foot long Burmese python is used to train staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida on Jan. 27, 2012. Attendees learned how to capture the invasive species, and secure them in a pillow case.

Photo by GREG KAHN, Naples Daily News

Greg Kahn/Staff A 13-foot long Burmese python is used to train staff members at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida on Jan. 27, 2012. Attendees learned how to capture the invasive species, and secure them in a pillow case.

Veteran television journalist Dan Rather will air his special Tuesday night on the Burmese python in the Everglades.

“Dan Rather Reports” travels to Everglades National Park to investigate the infestation of the invasive reptile. These snakes, a threatened species in Asia, are attractive pets to some, but when they grow to their full size – sometimes over 20 feet long – they can overwhelm a household.

The report airs starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday on AXS TV.

And, what may have began as a few people releasing a single snake into the park has now become a population of an estimated 100,000 snakes – and in some cases, these pythons are depleting the park of indigenous species to the tune of 90 percent or more.

The program also features exclusive footage of a python being located and captured near the Everglades:

Click here to watch a video of a python being captured

AXS TV can be found online at www.axs.tv, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/axstv and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/axstv.

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