Huge python caught in Florida

  • 14 August 2012
Burmese python captured in Florida Image copyright Reuters

A huge Burmese python has been captured in the US state of Florida.

The snake was found in the Everglades National Park and is more than 5 metres long, weighing 74kg.

It's the biggest ever python found in Florida and is one of the deadliest type of snakes.

Researchers got a shock when they studied it as they found it was pregnant with a record number of 87 eggs.

Burmese pythons hunt animals as big as deer and alligators and have been blamed for a decline in the number of mammals in Florida.

Scientists plan to put the snake on show in an exhibition in the University of Florida after they finish studying it.