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Firefighter finds huge Burmese python near wildfire

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A Florida firefighter battling a wildfire came face to face with one of the largest snakes in the world, in a place known for some pretty wild snake tales.

A Greater Naples Fire Rescue crewman came across a giant Burmese python during a Collier County wildfire, snapping a photo of the snake, with the bumper of a firetruck in the frame giving a sense of scale.

According to NBC-2, the Burmese python is one of the largest species of snakes in the world, with Florida examples ranging from 6-16 feet long.

Collier County Burmese Pythons are particularly famous after one 11-footer was found with a deer in its stomach.

An invasive species which came to Florida mostly in the form of pet snakes that were released into the wild, most captured pythons are euthanized when caught in order to restore the native species food chain.

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