The Burmese python, an invasive species in Florida's Everglades, has demonstrated the ability to find its way home from as far away as more than 20 miles, although the mechanism it uses to do so is unclear. Researchers implanted transmitters in captured snakes, releasing half at the capture location and half at a distant site. A researcher and other snake experts said other species likely share the ability. University of Alabama associate professor Stephen Secor said the findings underscore best practices for interacting with wildlife: "Don't pick reptiles up. People see turtles crossing the road and try to move them to safety. ... You are doing more harm than good."

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