Giant Python Captured in Florida Everglades
On Monday the University of Florida reported that it had found the biggest ever snake captured in the sunshine state. The Burmese python weighed in at a hefty 11 stone, 9 pounds and measured a monstrous 17 ft in length. The giant python was discovered lurking in the swamps of the Everglades National Park in Florida. The serpent was also a ground-breaker in another respect, being pregnant with 87 eggs – another python record.
Burmese pythons, originally natives of south-east Asia, have become established in Florida after being released by their owners having become too big to handle. Others are alleged to have escaped following the destruction of their enclosures wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The beasts have been breeding ever since, relishing the Florida Everglades warm and humid climate. Snake specialist Kenneth Krysko of the Florida Museum of Natural History was reported in the Guardian claiming: “There’s nothing stopping them … A 17-ft snake could eat anything it wants.”
There are now thought to be tens of thousands of the slippery-customers who have managed to penetrate the wilder recesses of Florida’s premier national park. Without natural predators and despite the best efforts of the authorities, the feisty fugitives have been wreaking havoc upon local wildlife. In the area of the Florida Everglades and immediate surrounds, nearly 2000 of the critters were captured during the decade dating 2000-2011 alone.
These Florida monsters might seem like something out of a classic B-movie – emerging from the sticky, foetid depths of a steamy swamp, but trying to handle a 17-ft snake is no mean feat. These sneaky serpents can devour a deer for dinner and have even been known to polish off an alligator or two for afternoon tea.
Ophidiophobes should try not to worry too much though, the Everglades is known for its exotic wildlife and for its primeval character, the giant python might be just one more in a menagerie of monsters to encounter in the exciting Everglades during your trip to Florida. We can’t promise you a sneak sighting of the Floridians’ super-sized snakes, but for a Florida holiday that will be truly wild in other ways – from theme parks to spectacular nature – book with Florida Holidays.