August 14th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Scientists examine record python found in Florida in effort to stop snakes' spread

Miami (CNN) - University of Florida researchers examining the carcass of a large, pregnant Burmese python said Monday they found a record 87 eggs inside, giving them important clues about the reproductive capability of the dangerous, invasive species.

Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the university's campus examined the 164.5-pound, 17.5-foot snake Friday after it was brought there from the Everglades National Park. It is the largest one ever found at the park.

"This thing is monstrous - it's about a foot wide," said Kenneth Krysko, the manager of the museum's herpetology collection. "It means there's nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble."


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