Further proof that the Everglades have been overrun with invasive pythons came in the form of a 17-foot, 7-inch long monster caught and killed earlier this week.
The Burmese python, which weighed more than 150 pounds, is thought to be the largest snake ever caught in North America. To understand just how large this snake is consider that a 2013 Chevy Suburban measures just over 18.5 feet. A more chilling explanation of the slithering nightmare’s size comes from Florida Museum of Natural History snake expert Kenneth Krysko who told The Sun, “A 17-foot snake could eat anything it wants.”
This snake had apparently been dining on birds as her stomach was filled with feathers. Unfortunately, she was also carrying 87 eggs; proof that these animals are completely at home and prepared to stay in their new environment.
Krysko ominously warns, “These snakes are surviving a long time in the wild. There’s nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble.”
An even more chilling warning comes from Krysko’s coworker Rob Robins. He said, “I think you’re going to see more and more big snakes like this caught.”