The largest Burmese python ever caught in Florida has been found in Everglades National Park.
The 17ft behemoth weighed 74kg and was pregnant with a record-breaking 87 eggs. The snake's corpse will be put on display at the University of Florida for up to five years before being returned to the park. Burmese pythons have become increasingly prevalent in the region and have been blamed for the decline of several mammal species.
"It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild," said Kenneth Krysko of the Florida Museum of Natural History. "There's nothing stopping them, and the native wildlife are in trouble."
"The biggest Burmese python ever caught in Florida's wild has been captured in the Everglades, US scientists say."
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