The Giant Python In Florida

Published: July 30, 2015

The Giant Python In Florida, A python researcher who regularly works in Everglades National Park has caught a giant snake that may be the second-largest python ever caught in Florida, reports CBS Miami.

The snake was captured along the Shark Valley tram road in early July. It measured 18 feet, 3 inches, reports CBS Miami.

The largest snake ever caught in Florida was 18-feet and 7 inches, caught in 2013 in Miami-Dade, the station reports.

Everglades National Park officials don’t officially track the size of the snakes that are captured outside of the park.

Burmese pythons are an invasive reptile with no natural predators. They appear to be wiping out most of the small mammals that once thrived in Everglades National Park, according to CBS Miami.

According to park officials, the snake was removed from the wild, which helps protect the diverse wildlife in Everglades National Park. The snakes became established in Florida several decades ago as a result of the international pet trade.

According to Everglades National Park spokeswoman Linda Friar, the snake was humanely euthanized.

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