18-foot python found in Florida could set state record

The remains of a giant Burmese python will be sent to the University of Florida so its weight and length can be verified.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Feb. 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A massive Burmese python captured in the Florida Everglades might be the largest ever found in the state.

South Florida Water Management District python control agent Bobby Hill managed to bag the 18-foot female on Tuesday on the L-28 levee, about 5 miles north of Tamiami Trail.

The carcass of the snake, which likely weighs well over 100 pounds, will be sent to the University of Florida, where biologists will determine its length and weight, said district spokesman Randy Smith.

“It looks to be about 18 feet,’’ said Smith. “It could very well be a state record.’’

That record, which stands at 18-feet, 8 inches and 128 pounds, was set by a snake captured last year by snake collector Jason Leon.

Burmese pythons may reach up to 20 feet in their natural habitat.

[Miami Herald]

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