18 foot, 3 inch Burmese python captured in the Everglades

In the Florida Everglades, University of Florida wildlife biologist Ed Metzger captured a female Burmese python that measured 18 feet, 3 inches, just a few inches shorter than the longest python captured in the Everglades in 2013. At 133 pounds, the recent capture was 5 pounds heavier than the 2013 snake. A necropsy confirmed the female hadn’t laid eggs in at least a year. The species is not native to the Everglades, but it is fundamentally altering the ecosystem after pet snakes were released in the area. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (7/29), NBC News (7/29)

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