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18-Foot Python Found in Florida Nearly Breaks State Record

Friday, 07 Feb 2014 07:59 AM

By Alexandra Ward

A nearly 18-foot-long Burmese python that a crew of maintenance workers found in Florida this week was just inches short of breaking the state record of 18 feet, 8 inches.

The massive female measured in at 17.82 feet, according to CNN.

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Workers with South Florida's Water Management District stumbled across the python Tuesday in a wooded area just a few miles north of Everglades National Park. They called in their agency's python control coordinator, who came out, captured, and killed the giant snake.

"Needless to say, when you get one this big, it raises eyebrows," Randy Smith, a spokesman with the Water Management District, told CNN. "It's just such a large animal. They have no predators. They'll eat anything, even alligators. They are ferocious creatures."

The python carcass will be sent to the University of Florida where a team of researchers will study it, according to the Miami Herald.

Pythons are a pesky problem in Florida. Last year, the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission even held a contest that rewarded the person who could capture and kill the most snakes.

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