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Thu., Feb. 2, 2012, 7:35 a.m.

Oh deer! Python has big appetite

In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 photo provided by the South Florida Water Management District, workers are shown holding a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python that was captured and killed in Everglades National Park, Fla. The Python had recently consumed a 76-lb. adult female deer. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.  (Associated Press)
In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 photo provided by the South Florida Water Management District, workers are shown holding a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python that was captured and killed in Everglades National Park, Fla. The Python had recently consumed a 76-lb. adult female deer. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida. (Associated Press)

WILDLIFE -- This week's story about the havoc Burmese pythons are inflicting on wildlife in the Florida Everglades has been brewing for quite a while.

Here's my November blog post featuring photos of a python that had swallowed an entire deer - whole.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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