(EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FLA) — An estimated 15-foot Burmese Python was captured on camera slithering across a road in Everglades National Park.
Kymberly Clark uploaded a video of the shocking sight to Instagram, saying the wildlife sighting kicked off “the New Year with a bang!”
“A 15+ foot Burmese Python crossing the road in Everglades National Park,” Clark said. “We pinned the location and reported it, as they are a huge threat to our ecosystem.”
Burmese pythons can grow up to 20 feet long, presenting a significant threat to ecosystems and native wildlife throughout South Florida, according to the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
The annual Florida Python Challenge aims to eradicate the invasive species through a hunting competition with a $10,000 Ultimate Grand Prize.
More than 230 pythons were snatched from the Everglades in 2022 during the 10-day competition, according to NBC 6.