Deer Found Inside 16-foot Python in Florida

Florida officials were in for a surprise when a 76-pound deer was found fully intact in the belly of a 16-foot Burmese python killed in the Everglades.

According to the (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun Sentinel, the snake was captured and killed by state officials, who were working to keep species -- invasive to South Florida -- from spreading north.

The python measured 44 inches around with the deer inside. It was discovered by workers wading through a tree island to remove non-native plants.


An ambush predator, the python stalked deer trails and struck as the animal, a female, walked by, striking with its sharp, backwards pointing teeth and crushing it with its coils before consuming it, said Skip Snow, biologist and python specialist at Everglades National Park.


Burmese pythons have become an invasive species in South Florida following a boom in the exotic pet business, being released by owners into the wild after the pythons grow too large for captivity.

The pythons primarily feed on small mammals and birds, but larger snakes have been known to take deer, hogs and even alligators. Snow said although pythons have been discovered with deer remains inside, it was the first time a snake had been captured after just consuming a deer, and showed the large prey wild pythons are able to take.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 11: Wheelgun Buffalo

Host Craig Boddington lays claim to hunting more than 100 Cape Buffalo over the course of his 40 plus year career, but he never took one with a handgun. That changed in South Africa when Craig faced down "black death" with a magnum wheelgun.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 8: Midnight Sun Grizzlies

Kevin Steele and CZ-USA's Jason Morton return to Alaska's arctic tundra for Kevin's second and Jason's third attempt on the legendary species. Things are looking up on day one but time will tell if the boys will get a shot a the king of the tundra.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 16: Cedar Break Bucks

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious marinades. Recipes

8 Best Venison Marinades

Hank Shaw

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious...

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great black North America

Best States To Hunt For Black Bears

Joseph von Benedikt

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great...

Didn't draw? Here are five great places you can make a last-minute mule deer hunt. North America

5 Great Last-Minute Public-land Hunts

Joseph von Benedikt

Didn't draw? Here are five great places you can make a last-minute mule deer hunt.

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians. News

The Ticks Making Hunters Allergic to Meat

David Hart

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians.

See More Trending Articles

More News

We live in an extremely fluid world where public perceptions and opinions on issues can change by News

10 Things You Can Do to Ensure the Future of Hunting

Keith Wood - October 18, 2016

We live in an extremely fluid world where public perceptions and opinions on issues can change...

2018's number-­one watched new cable series is back for Season 2. News

Second Season of 'Yellowstone' with Cole Hauser

Mike Schoby - June 19, 2019

2018's number-­one watched new cable series is back for Season 2.

It's not just hunting season. It's also election season. This year's race not only will set the News

Which Presidential Candidate Will Look out for Hunters?

David Hart - October 10, 2016

It's not just hunting season. It's also election season. This year's race not only will set...

COVID-19 forces NRA to cancel 149th Annual Meetings. News

NRA Annual Meetings Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Lynn Burkhead - March 13, 2020

COVID-19 forces NRA to cancel 149th Annual Meetings.

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.