The snake in the video, according to the University of Florida’s press release issued Monday, set not only a state record for its size of 17
feet 7 inches but also the 87 eggs it had. According to the
university’s website, the dead animal was brought to the Florida Museum
from the Everglades National Park as part of a project through the USGS
to study the increasingly invasive Burmese python species in the state.
Before the snake could be studied by the university though, it had to be captured and killed. The video (via io9) shows three adult men from USGS controlling the python and one saying even with all his muscle “she’s still stronger than me.”
Scientists said the python’s stats show just how pervasive the
invasive snakes, which are native to Southeast Asia, have become in
Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons are believed to be living in the
Everglades, where they thrive in the warm, humid climate. While many
were apparently released by their owners, others may have escaped from
pet shops during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and have been reproducing ever
Rob Robins, a biologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History,
said the snakes are very hard to catch, and that since they have
established themselves in the Everglades, they will be virtually
impossible to eradicate.
“I think you’re going to see more and more big snakes like this caught,” he said.
In: Other News, Science and Technology, Nature
Tags: Python, Everglades, Record Size
Location: Everglades, Florida, United States (load item map)
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