A giant python found in Florida’s Everglades National Park has been identified as a snake of the Burmese variety. According to The Orlando Sentinel via HNGN on July 30 the massive python weighed in at some 133 pounds and measures 18 feet 3 inches.
This specimen is arguably the second largest serpent ever found in the Sunshine State. Discovered along a wildlife trail on the Shark Valley tram road, this snake didn’t have long to live after being captured.
But why? Due to this reptiles’ ability to dine on just about anything, including a human and other species found throughout the park, the snake put down to save others. The giant python was “humanely euthanized,” stated Linda Frair, spokesperson for Everglades National Park.
Katie Corrigan, another spokesperson for the park, said, “While this [snake] was among the largest of the pythons that have been removed [from Everglades National Park], it was not record-setting,”
Corrigan added that these large pythons like this one will continue to be found “as we continue python removal efforts…”, She did say that “most pythons that [Everglades National Park employees] encounter are smaller.”
With that in mind, this particular Burmese python, ancestors of whom were probably brought in from outside the United States, certainly garnered plenty of attention as the snake has been trending for the greater part of this week.
In fact, before the reptile was put down, five U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service interns proudly posed with this massive serpent who happened to slither their way.
That said, after death, the giant python that was discovered in Florida was determined to be female. After researchers were done examining her, this big girl showed she had not managed to get pregnant and thus had not given birth this season. The snake had not eaten recently, either, as her stomach was empty.