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The second-largest Burmese python ever caught here in Florida was captured in South FLorida by the Python Action Team.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, the female python weighed 147 pounds and was 17′ ft 9″. FWC created the Python Action Team to respond to sightings of the non-native pythons and pay to remove them.

Another large python removed!Python Action Team Member Kevin Reich removed this 17’ 9” Burmese python from the wild!...

Posted by MyFWC on Monday, August 26, 2019

The record holding python caught in Florida was also a female python that was over 18 feet, 8 inches long and weighed 128 pounds. That python was captured back in December of 2013.

FWC, says most Burmese pythons in Florida are usually between 6 to 10 feet long. However they can exceed 20 feet. Environmentalists say they are responsible for killing deer, alligators and other important wildlife in the area. They claim their presence is causing lasting damage to the ecosystem.

FWC said that in July, a 16-foot Burmese python, (along with 50 hatched eggs) were discovered underneath a Broward County home.

Are you kidding me? A discovery like that would certainly cause me to move away immediately. We have a 3 foot rat snake living somewhere around our property and that is bad enough! We find his shedded skin every now and then as proof he lives among us. But 16 feet and 50 hatched eggs? I’m gone!

Source: The Boca Raton Tribune

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