Photos of Burmese python swallowing 35 pound deer released by officials

  • Photos of Burmese python swallowing 35 pound deer released by officials

Photos of Burmese python swallowing 35 pound deer released by officials

Land Managers of Collier-Seminole State Park discovered an 11 foot female Burmese python in the park with a large bulge.

Since 2013, the Conservancy and its research partners have been conducting research to document the invasive Burmese python's biology and behavior in Collier County, including the tracking, removal and necropsy of captured pythons.

According to the National Park Service, more than 2,000 Burmese pythons have been removed from state parks in Florida since 2002.

Now that the Burmese python is threatening the deer population, they could upset the ecosystem even further.

Wildlife biologists in Florida said they found a Burmese python eating an entire white-tailed deer - a prey amounting to 111 percent of the snake's body mass.

A python devoured a deer outclassing it in weight and ended up setting a record for the largest python-to-prey ratio documented to date, USA Today noted.

"We know that they'll take adult deer now and then", he said about the Burmese python, according to USA Today.

Now there are 20 male pythons tagged. This tracking method helps the team to gain a better understanding of their movement patterns and work to control the local population of this invasive apex predator.

"These animals are leading us to some very large egg-laying females, that we then remove and humanely euthanize", he said.

Biologists are accumulating valuable life history information on the behavior of Burmese pythons in Southwest Florida.

When the team finds one of the invasive pythons, Easterling said, "We use our hands, use our feet try to pin it down".

This project is primarily funded through private philanthropic support.