Nature, when viewed in the context of very large snakes, ranges from the terrifying to the majestic. But researchers in south Florida enjoyed a brush with the undeniably shocking when they encountered a Burmese Python engorged with a white-tailed deer, marking what's potentially the largest predator/prey weight ratio ever documented for the particular species of snake.
The discovery was initially made by researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in April 2015, however the findings are forthcoming in the March 2018 issue of Herpetological Review. The 31.5-pound, 11-foot, female Burmese Python was found, as the Conservancy writes in a news release, in Collier-Seminole State Park "visibly distended by a large food bulge." Moved to a secure location, the snake began regurgitating a 35-pound fawn.
“This observation is another important piece of evidence for the negative impact invasive Burmese pythons are having on native wildlife across the Greater Everglades Ecosystem” said Ian Bartoszek, Conservancy of Southwest Florida wildlife biologist in a statement.
The size disparity between the predator and prey is laid bare in the photo below.