The "big gal" is not a record-breaker, though she's only three inches shy of the longest python documented in Florida, USGS deputy public affairs officer Catherine Puckett told ABC News today.
The giant snake, which is an invasive species, was found along Shark Valley, a tram road in the Everglades, by a permitted python researcher who regularly works in the national park, USGS Chief of Biological Services Tylan Dean told ABC News.
He added that the "best news about this event is that this snake has been removed from the wild, which helps protect the diverse wildlife we have in Everglades National Park."
A necropsy of the python confirmed the snake was a female that had not reproduced this season and that its stomach was empty, Dean said, explaining that there were no unusual findings.
"We expect to occasionally encounter large pythons in this size range as we continue python removal efforts, though most pythons that we encounter are smaller," he said.