Friday, November 10, 2023

200-pound python proves Florida wilderness is an all-you-can-eat buffet, experts say

 The capture of a 198-pound Burmese python in Big Cypress National Preserve has rattled many Floridians, but experts say the state must brace for bigger pythons spread across a wider area.

There is growing evidence the invasive species of constrictors are moving into Central Florida — and finding an endless buffet of native wildlife on the way.

Hunters reported finding deer hooves in the belly of the 17-foot, 2-inch female caught in Big Cypress, which was spotted slithering across a dirt road on Nov. 3, video shows.

It took five people to subdue the snake, which had a head “the size of a football,” the hunters said...more

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