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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

World biggest Python caught alive in Florida

Florida’s infestation of the Giant Burmese python species has gained even more ground this week, as scientists announced a record has been set in the state for the alien snake species.
The biggest Burmese python ever caught in the Florida wilderness has been reported in the Everglades, measuring 17-feet, 7-inches.
The snake weighs 165 pounds and was found in Everglades National Park, according to the University of Florida.
Recording breaking doesn’t just stop at the size of the snake.  The researchers say that the python was pregnant with 87 eggs.

With the latest discovery, scientists have even more evidence now of how far integrated the foreign species has become in the Florida wild.
“It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild,” Kenneth Krysko, at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said in a statement. “There’s nothing stopping them, and the native wildlife are in trouble.”
He said the snake had feathers in its stomach, and the scientists are now trying to determine which species was its last meal.
“A 17-and-a-half-foot snake could eat anything it wants,” Krysko added.
Pythons in Florida have already been known to swallow animals like large deer and alligators, so they also pose a threat to humans.
The record-breaking snake will be exhibited at the museum on the University of Florida campus for five years before being returned to the Everglades National Park.
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