A giant Burmese python measuring 17 feet, 7 inches with demystifying number of 87 eggs was captured in Florida. The python weighs 164. 5 pounds and it is said that giant female is the largest snake of its found in the state.
The huge constrictor snake was caught by researchers in the Everglades National Park in March. These Burmese snakes arrived in US three decades ago as a part of the exotic pet industry. Though the species are not really poisonous, they can kill humans by suffocating them. Researchers believe that the Burmese python population can be close to one hundred thousand. They argue that the increasing number of Burmese pythons in Southern Florida may be due to people no longer wanting to keep as pets and releasing them into forests.
Burmese pythons are carnivores, feeding on small mammals and birds. Rabbits and foxes in the Everglades have reportedly disappeared and raccoons and opossums have are hardly visible at the place. A Burmese python kills by constriction, holding victims tight with their teeth and then coiling their bodies around them, squeezing and suffocating the prey to death. Ligaments in their jaws allow them to swallow their prey whole.
Though Burmese pythons are anxious of humans, they can kill children and adults by constricting and suffocation. Kenneth Krysko, from Florida Museum of Natural History said, “Although they are nervous of humans, the snakes can kill children and adults using this constriction method.By learning what this animal has been eating and its reproductive status, it will hopefully give us insight into how to potentially manage other wild Burmese pythons in the future.”
Giant Burmese Python Pictures