Largest Ever Florida Python Discovered, And The Contents Of Its Stomach Will Blow Your Mind

Not the snake mentioned in the article [REUTERS/Marc Serota]

Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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Field biologists discovered an 18-foot invasive Burmese python weighing 215 pounds in the Florida Everglades.

Researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida believed their scale was broken when they weighed the beast, as none of them could comprehend a Burmese python would ever grow so huge, National Geographic reported Tuesday. The snake, the largest ever discovered in Florida, was captured using a male scout snake with a GPS tracker attached to it, the outlet continued. Burmese pythons are effectively impossible to spot without scout snakes, according to BroBible.

The python was pregnant with 122 eggs when it was euthanized by the team, National Geographic reported. The high number of follicles reflected another record set by the female but was apparently not surprising given her size, the outlet continued. (RELATED: Call Al Gore! The Polar Bears Aren’t Going To Die After All)

Inside her digestive tract, the researchers found “tan goop with bits of fur,” dissolved bone and three intact hoof cores belonging to a deer, National Geographic reported. Only 73 different animal species have been discovered inside of Florida Burmese python guts, including 24 mammals, 47 birds and two reptiles, according to the outlet.

The apex predator was first introduced to Florida in the 1970s and has erupted in wild numbers since then, National Geographic continued. They’ve altered the ecosystem of the area, largely by eating a huge variety of native species, the outlet noted.

Studies have suggested Burmese pythons have devastated populations of raccoons, opossums, bobcats, marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits and foxes throughout South Florida, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.