Monster Python Bagged in Florida

18-footer is just short of state record
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2014 11:46 PM CST
The snake was bagged by Bobby Hill, a python control agent for the South Florida Water Management District.    (South Florida Water Management District)

(Newser) – A huge Burmese python shot and killed by a snake control agent in the Florida Everglades is long enough to swallow the world's two tallest people with room to spare, but the 18-footer is just shy of the state record. The 150-pound female was measured at 18 feet 2 inches, a little shorter than the 18-foot-8 monster found by a roadside last spring, LiveScience finds. The carcass has been sent to University of Florida biologists who are trying to stop the spread of the invasive reptiles that are wiping out native wildlife, reports the Miami Herald. (Read more Florida stories.)

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