Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Burmese python in Florida broke a record by regurgitating a deer larger than itself

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 4:48 PM

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An invasive Burmese python in Florida pulled off arguably one of the most metal feats of nature this week.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced they found a Burmese python attempting to digest a white-tailed deer that was 111 percent its size in Collier-Seminole State Forest on Thursday.

The fawn weighed 35 pounds while the 11-foot python came in at 31.5 pounds, which the Conservancy called "not a big python by any stretch of the imagination." The ratio of predator to prey is believed to be the biggest ever documented of a Burmese python and could possibly be the biggest of any python species.

When the team found the python they were amazed by the size of the bulge in the snake and could tell it had bitten off more than it could digest.



After it was moved from where it was found, the distressed snake regurgitated the deer.

WFTS has a few incredibly gross photos of the snake barfing out the deer, if you're into that.

The non-native species of python is considered invasive with no natural predators to hunt it. The Conservancy attempts to keep the population down and the South Florida Water Management District has even hired bounty hunters to help the problem.    

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