Record 17-foot Python Found in Florida Everglades
The biggest Burmese python ever recorded in Florida was found on Friday, and it was pregnant with 87 eggs.
A python found in the Florida Everglades broke a record when it weighed in at 164½ pounds and measured 17 feet, 7 inches long. It was pregnant with 87 eggs - another record.
Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia but have established a population of tens of thousands in the Everglades, where the latest find was recorded Friday. There's been a horrible problem with pythons invading the Everglades and disrupting the natural habitat and environment there.
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The python was euthanized and is being studied at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Authorities have taken repeated steps to try and reduce the python problem in the Everglades, including banning their importation and allowing them to be hunted. Unfortunately, the efforts have done little to reduce the population since they are a much bigger predator than the native species that live in the Everglades. Their presence in South Florida is blamed, in part, by the release of snakes that people had kept as pets.