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.