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Biggest Python Found in Everglades Amid Snake Invasion

A 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python found in the Florida Everglades set a state record for both its size and the 87 eggs the snake was carrying, according to an official at the national park.

The 164.5 pound (74.6 kilogram) serpent was found, tagged and released in March as a part of a program to study invasive species in the Everglades. Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus recaptured the python in April, euthanized it and discovered the eggs during a necropsy last week, said Linda Friar, public information officer for Everglades National Park.