17-foot giant Burmese python found in Florida, with 87 eggs inside (Photo)

By on Aug 14, 2012 in Animals, Science, United States Comments

A 17-foot giant Burmese python with 87 eggs inside its body was recently found in Florida, as shown in the photo below, in which scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History are now studying, as part of a long-term project with the U.S. Department of the Interior on the state’s invasive Burmese python problem.

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The 17-foot Burmese python, with researchers
at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Image Credit: Kristen Grace/Florida Museum
of Natural History

According to press release on the official news site of the University of Florida on Monday, August 13, 2012, the giant Burmese python measures about 17 feet, 7 inches (5.3 meters) in length. It was discovered in the Everglades National Park and has been stored in a freezer at the museum since last May.

As noted in the report, this is the largest Burmese python ever found in Florida, with earlier pythons captured in the wild were only about 16.8 feet long, and had only 85 eggs inside. The 164.5-pound huge snake, which is now dead, will be displayed at the museum for about five years.

“This thing is monstrous; it’s about a foot wide. It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild, there’s nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble.” Florida Museum herpetology collection manager Kenneth Krysko was quoted in the report.

“A 17.5-foot snake could eat anything it wants. By learning what this animal has been eating and its reproductive status, it will hopefully give us insight into how to potentially manage other wild Burmese pythons in the future. It also highlights the actual problem, which is invasive species.” Krysko added.

Burmese pythons, which are known to prey on native birds, deer, bobcats, alligators and other large animals, were first found in the Everglades in 1979 and are one of the deadliest and most competitive predators in South Florida.


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Some of the eggs that were found inside the 17-foot Burmese python
Image Credit: Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History

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The 17-foot Burmese python, with Florida Museum herpetology collection manager Kenneth Krysko (wearing blue shirt) and other researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Image Credit: Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History


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