18-Foot Burmese Python Caught in Florida Everglades

Categories: Animal Planet

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South Florida Water Management District
Looks like someone bagged themselves a big friggin' python in the Everglades.

Bobby Hill, a python control agent who works for the South Florida Water Management District, caught the 18-foot behemoth Tuesday afternoon.

It's the second 18-footer found in the past year, which remains a world record.

Which means that, yes, there is probably more pythons out there coming in at nearly 20 feet.

Also, GAHHHH!!!!

See also: 2013 Python Challenge: Few Reptiles, Many TV Crews

The Miami Herald reports that some workers had spotted the giant snake slithering around a levee they were inspecting off the Tamiami Trail.

The workers then called in Hill, who seems to be the Batman of catching pythons in the Everglades.

The invasive pythons like to crawl up onto the warm rock embankments to warm their bodies, making the snakes a common thing around the levees. Except, not this horrifyingly huge.

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via South Florida Water Management District
Python control agent Bobby Hill with the 18-footer he caught Tuesday.

District spokesman Randy Smith says the python that was caught and killed on Tuesday will be sent to the University of Florida to be examined. Researchers will be looking at what the snake had been eating, if she had eggs, and for anything that could help them gain more information on not only this python but Burmese pythons in general.

Basically, Burmese are invasive creatures in Florida and are apparently humping each other like crazy and making even more snakes that are invading the Everglades.

The snakes prey on wading birds, rabbits, foxes, and deer, while having no real threat themselves.

Last year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission held a Burmese python hunt in attempt to try and bring the population of the snakes down. But, shockingly, turns out that a wild animal knows how to hide really, really well from potential predators, and the hunt was ultimately a dud.

The pythons are still out there. Including giant ones.

The previous largest Burmese caught and killed was a 17-foot, seven-incher in Everglades National Park in 2012. When researchers examined the snake, they found her pregnant with 87 eggs.

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