Invasive pythons in The Everglades are wrecking havoc on the ecosystem. Knowing the movements of these snakes gives wildlife biologists the ammunition they need to attempt to combat the spread of the snakes and hopefully reverse the trend toward increased population.
Years ago Telemetry Solutions developed a special GPS data logger for python tracking and in summer 2015 we have updated this product with a superior GPS antenna. Please click on the How it Works button and watch the video below for more information.
How it works
Before you deploy your python GPS data logger you set up a GPS schedule so that the GPS data logger turns on when you need a GPS location. You can set the schedule either by using a simple interval or you can build a complex schedule that does not follow a simple interval. You are really in the driver's seat when it comes to creating a GPS schedule for the data logger.
In order to recover the GPS data from the data logger you need to first track the snake using a VHF transmitter that is independent of the GPS data logger. When you come within range of the wireless download system in the GPS data logger you can trigger a data download.
The data are downloaded from the data logger to a base station that you will have with you in the field. Downloading the data does not erase the memory, it just copies the data from the logger's memory over to the base station. You then download the GPS data from the base station to your computer.