Web edition: August 30, 2012
Her name is P-52. It doesn’t sound all that special. But she broke records earlier this year as the largest wild Burmese python ever found in the United States. At 17.7 feet long (5.36 meters), she weighed a whopping 164 pounds (74.4 kilograms). When researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History opened her up earlier this month, they found 87 eggs — also a record.
Although Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, thousands are now born in the wilds of Florida each year.