Sunday, October 30, 2011

16-foot Python bivittatus collected in the Everglades

The South Florida Sentinel is reporting a 16 foot Burmese python was found in the Florida Everglades with a 76 pound female deer that it had consumed. The snake after it was captured and killed Thursday on a tree island in western Miami-Dade County. Skip Snow, a biologist and python specialist at Everglades National Park, who conducted the necropsy on the snake after it was killed by a shotgun blast, said it had a huge bulge from recently consuming the deer. Work crews discovered the snake while walking on the island to remove non-native lygodium plants. This may be the larges specimen of Python bivittatus found to date in Florida. For more photos click here.

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