17-Foot, 200 Pound Python Captured In Florida

August 1, 2009

Florida (ChattahBox) – The largest python captured in Florida has been announced after the giant, slithering creature made it’s way to the Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital.

You may remember a previous story we did here at ChattahBox on the possibility of a hunt being organized for the massive Burmese pythons, which have spread across the local parks in droves over the last decade.

But even those that have been causing alarm in local rangers have nothing on the size of this bad boy.

The 17 foot 2 inch long python was measured at 26 inches around it’s middle, and weighed over 200 pounds.

“We see huge gators all the time being in Okeechobee put you would never expect to see a snake this size,” Okeechobee staff member, Patty Harvey, was quoted by The Miami Herald.

It is an example of what it is that the local government and wildlife agencies wish to battle with the implementation of python hunting in Florida parks.

The Burmese pythons have been growing in both size and numbers in decent years, becoming the most dominant species in an area filled with other wildlife, which is being threatened.


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