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Other state agencies such as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also have programs that are actively hunting the massive snakes.
Burmese pythons are at the top of the food chain in the Everglades, eating their way north and south and facing no natural predators.
In December, researchers determined a 15-foot female python had eaten three white-tailed deer in the 90 days before its capture, because their hooves were still in its stomach.
“They are ambush predators,” Crum said. “The bird, the rabbit, the otter, they are going to lose every time.”
The 16-footer Crum captured also had a nice surprise -- 78 eggs that would have added to the problem in the area.
“We’re making a difference by taking the eggs out of the ecosystem” Crum said.
The Palm Beach Post contributed to this report.