Spring 2020

Tracking Pythons

The Quest to Catch an Invasive Predator and Save an Ecosystem

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, so when one showed up dead along the side of a Florida highway in 1979, scientists wondered where it came from. No one knew the snakes had launched a full-scale invasion. Pet pythons that escaped or were released by their owners started breeding in the wild, and these enormous predators began eating every animal in their path. Today a group of scientists at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is tracking Burmese pythons to find ways to stop their spread. Page Plus links lead to video clips and photos of the scientists working in the field. Delve into the science of pythons and their role as invasive predators.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Animals, Science, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF037020, JNF003270, JNF003190
Dewey 597.96/7809759
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 1110
Guided Reading Level W
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Page Plus™, Photo captions, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, and Starred Reviews


The Horn Book Magazine

“[A] nod to the affection and respect the researchers have for these reptiles . . .”—The Horn Book Magazine


“Messner’s compelling photo-essay gives an inside look at the researchers’ hot, dirty, grueling (and often frustrating) work and offers an extensive bibliography for further research.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] fascinating example of field biology . . .”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Kate Messner

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. She lives in upstate New York.