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Source:  CBS News

What would you do if you saw a snake in your backyard? Not just your ordinary garden snake, but a python.

Introduced through human error or carelessness, invasive species like the Burmese python, lionfish, and Asian carp are threatening a delicate natural balance in U.S. ecosystems.

Ecosystems are a delicate balance between hunter and hunted – introducing species that breed prolifically with no predators upends that balance.

In Louisiana, rivers teem with Asian carp, which crowd out other species of fish. In the Everglades, the Burmese python, once pets themselves, snack on domestic cats and dogs – until they get big enough to look for bigger prey. And off the coast, lionfish are taking over coral reefs.

In CBSN Original, “Burmese Python Invasion: Fighting Invasive Species,” correspondent Adam Yamaguchi travels across the South to see what can be done to restore equilibrium and keep these foreign intruders from destroying the natural world order.

Read the story at CBS News.

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