This huge size is very rare for this subspecies so it must be eatin’ good in this neighborhood. Yikes. This size critter is large enough to be hazardous to pets and children but game officials say they mainly decimate native populations of rabbit, fox, opossum and bobcat.
A record-sized python (17.5 ft), pregnant to boot, was found back in August. A healthy population of breeding snakes are found in Florida. Climate change may render larger parts of the southern U.S. as potential habitat for these invaders.
Park rangers shot the snake. Hopefully, it was collected for study.
Some lawmakers wish to enact bans on importation of certain kinds of snake.