facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

17-foot python spotted, killed in Florida

Dec. 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM   |   Comments

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A 17-foot Burmese python shocked a family when it slithered into a picnic area in Florida.

The family caught the massive snake on camera before a park ranger killed it, WESH-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Friday. The report did not say where the incident occurred.

Pythons are an invasive species in the United States. Researchers say the growing population of the snakes in Florida have devastated rabbit, fox, possum and bobcat populations.

In January, the Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission is scheduled host the 2013 python challenge. The person who kills the most pythons will with $1,500, while $1,000 will go to the person who kills the longest python.

Topics: Snakes
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Booby trap covers Austrian officer in manure Booby trap covers Austrian officer in manure
2
Australia's bustiest model weighs larger breasts Australia's bustiest model weighs larger breasts
3
Calf with third eye hailed as incarnation of Shiva Calf with third eye hailed as incarnation of Shiva
4
Video: Bear cools off in California pool Video: Bear cools off in California pool
5
Swiss government: Vegan diet bad for kids Swiss government: Vegan diet bad for kids
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback