16-foot python captured in Everglades after eating 76-pound deer

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. (AP Photo/South Florida Water Management District)

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. (AP Photo/South Florida Water Management District)

In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 photo provided by the South Florida Water Management District, a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python is shown, 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. (AP Photo/South Florida Water Management District)

In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 photo provided by the South Florida Water Management District, a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python is shown, 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. (AP Photo/South Florida Water Management District)

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Water management contractors working in the Florida Everglades have captured and killed a giant Burmese python that had just consumed an adult deer.

Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, says workers found the nearly 16-foot-long snake on Thursday.

The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.

Hardin says the python had recently consumed a female deer that still had hair and weighed 76 pounds. He added it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

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