Two huge pythons and lots of baby invasive snakes found in Big Cypress
In a photo from June 3, 2021, a Burmese python is handled by FWC snake specialist McKayla Spencer in the Florida Everglades during the start of the python challenge. - Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS

A state wildlife officer and a contracted snake trapper found two large female Burmese pythons, lots of hatched and unhatched eggs and and a considerable number of the baby invasive reptiles within Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County earlier this month. One of the snakes was 17.6 feet long, about a foot shy of the record-breaker caught last year. The other was a 10-footer. Both were hanging around active nests. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for a while now. It’s pretty surreal,” said 23-year-old Alex McDuffie, a snake trapper working for the South Florida Water Managemen...