18-foot python might be second-largest ever captured in Florida

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MIAMI — A python measuring 18 feet, 3 inches that was captured in Everglades National Park might be the second largest ever caught in Florida, according to CBS Miami.

The giant snake was captured July 9 and U.S. Geological Survey officials said snakes that size can ingest prey such as alligators and deer.

The Burmese python was captured by a python researcher who works in the park. removed from the wild to protect other wildlife.

An Everglades National Parks spokeswoman said the snake was humanely euthanized and a necropsy was conducted that found it was a female and had not reproduced this season.

Experts estimate that about 100,000 pythons are in South Florida.

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