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18-Foot Python Captured In Everglades National Park

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A Burmese python measuring an astounding 18 feet and 3 inches in length was recently captured at Florida’s Everglades National Park. Burmese pythons are typically docile and solitary creatures, but their immense size and ability to swallow large animals makes them dangerous. One snake measuring an astounding 18 feet and 3 inches in length was recently captured at Florida’s Everglades National Park.   It was first spotted on the side of a road in Shark Valley, and was contained by an officially sanctioned python researcher. Though the catch wasn’t large enough to set the record for the biggest one ever, it did place in the top 3.  According to Katie Corrigan, the Everglades Public Information Officer, the python was euthanized in a humane manner, but prior to that was used for training purposes. Both interns for the US Geological Survey and the National Park Service participated in this learning opportunity.  The instruction was focused on giving them more experience and confidence in handling large snakes.  Burmese pythons, which are native to Southeast Asia, are considered an invasive species in the Everglades.  The National Park Service attributes their introduction and spread in the area to pet owners releasing the snakes into the wild.