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article imageAdult deer found inside giant Burmese python in Florida

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 30, 2011 in Environment
Everglades City - Workers at the South Florida Water Management District, on Thursday, found a 76-pound adult deer inside a 15.7-foot Burmese python in Everglades, Florida.
The huge Burmese python was found on a tree island in Western Miami-Dade County, on Thursday. The python, which was observed to have a massive bulge in its midsection, was killed with a shotgun. When the snake was opened up after it had been killed, an intact 76-pound female deer was found inside it.
Sun Sentinel reports biologist and python specialist Skip Snow, said the python must have ambushed the deer and seized it in its sharp teeth as the animal walked past, coiled around it, and suffocated it to death by crushing and squeezing, after which it swallowed it whole.
UPI reports the workers found the snake while combing the island to remove exotic lygodium plants.
alligator and python
alligator and python
Lori Oberhofer, National Park Service
Wildlife officials in Florida are worried about the proliferation of the Burmese python in Everglades because it poses a threat to the eco-system, wildlife and humans. The python, which was introduced to the area by exotic pet owners several years ago, has established a breeding population in Everglades. Officials believe the snakes were released by pet owners after they had grown too large, or that they escaped from enclosures destroyed in Hurricane Andrew.
The Daily Mail reports the exotic species coordinator at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said, "It’s pretty clearly one of the biggest snakes we’ve seen...We haven’t gotten anything longer than 16ft in the wild in Florida."
The Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) is the largest subspecies of the Indian Python and is one of the six largest snakes in the world. The species is native to south and southeast Asia and is often found near water and semi-aquatic environments. The snakes climb trees from which they ambush prey. They vary typically between 12ft and 19ft in length. Burmese pythons can take large animals such as alligators (see image above of alligator and python locked in battle).
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