Record-breaking python found in Everglades with 87 eggs
A monster Burmese python captured in the Everglades has broken the state size record, stretching 17 feet, 7 inches, its belly bursting with 87 eggs, the University of Florida announced Monday.
The snake was brought to the Florida Museum of Natural History last Friday for examination. After the scientists are done with it, the snake will be mounted for exhibition at the museum for five years and then returned for exhibition to Everglades National Park.“This thing is monstrous, it’s about a foot wide,” said Kenneth Krysko, manager of the museum’s herpetology collection. “It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild, there’s nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble.”Feathers were found in the snake’s stomach, and these will be examined by the museum’s ornithologists. The number of eggs was also a state record.