Image: Burmese python
South Florida Water Management District via AP
Workers hold a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python that was captured and killed in Everglades National Park, Fla. The python had recently consumed a 76-pound deer.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 10/28/2011 7:07:10 PM ET 2011-10-28T23:07:10

Officials in the Florida Everglades have captured and killed a 16-foot-long Burmese python that had just eaten an adult deer.

Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said workers found the snake on Thursday. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.

Hardin said the python had recently consumed a 76-pound female deer that had died. He said it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

The python was killed with a shotgun blast.

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Skip Snow, a biologist and python specialist at Everglades National Park, who conducted the snake necropsy, said the snake had a girth of 44 inches with the deer inside.

"This is clearly an extreme event,” he told the Sun-Sentinel. “It shows you they can eat huge things."

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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