WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) — The biggest Burmese python ever caught in Florida is being studied by the University of Florida after being found in Everglades National Park.
The snake, measuring 17 feet, 7 inches long and 164½ pounds, was also pregnant with a record 87 eggs.
Scientists said the python’s stats show just how pervasive the invasive snakes, which are native to Southeast Asia, have become in South Florida.
“It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild,” said Kenneth Krysko, a snake expert at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where the euthanized snake was brought. “”There’s nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble.”
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Researchers and scientists at the University of Florida are curating the body of a 17 foot, 165 pound Burmese Python. Inside the body 87 fully developed python eggs were discovered.
“This thing is monstrous, it’s about a…
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