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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (CBS4/AP)- A 16-foot long python was captured and killed in the Florida Everglades, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Water management contractors working in the Florida Everglades captured and killed the giant Burmese python, which they said had just consumed an adult deer.Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said workers found the snake on Thursday.

python3 16 Foot Python Found In Florida Everglades

The python had recently consumed a female deer. . (Courtesy: Robert Hill, South Florida Water Management)

The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida, weighing in at 139.1 pounds without the deer and
215.4 pounds with the deer.

Hardin said the python had recently consumed a female deer that still had hair and weighed 76 pounds. He added it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

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Comments (6)
  1. RANDRAND says:


  2. Sheri Anne says:

    They did not have to kill the snake they could of put it in a zoo or something.

  3. JAQUEBAUER says:

    These snakes, and other non native reptiles are here because irresponsible owners of these reptiles bought these for pets, and then released them into the Everglades when they got to big to care for.

    The question is why does the State of Florida allow these reptiles to be sold ? In fact, there should be a federal ban on these and other non native species. Giant Snails, Pythons, Iguanas, Tarantulas, and other exotic creatures are sold and traded, bought over the internet, and are as easy to get as making a phone call. The cost to the people of Florida to eradicate these creatures must be in the millions, and we are losing the battle.

    I say shut down the importers, and establish a fine be charged to anyone caught possessing these.

  4. Heru says:

    They did not have to kill the snake they could have put it in a zoo or relocate it. Just imagine if some force in nature came and start killing human beings just because they move into other regions of the world. Snakes are animals just like human beings are part of the animal kingdom. SMH

  5. anthony says:

    They shouldn’t have killed the snake. People could have enjoyed it at the zoo, better yet, release it in it’s natural environment.

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