Burmese python skin, skeleton to be displayed in ‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’ exhibit

September 19th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History scientist Kenneth Krysko displays the tanned skins of two Burmese pythons recently captured in Everglades National Park and necropsied at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus. Krysko is standing on the walkway between Dickinson Hall and Bartram Hall at UF. The larger snake measured 17 feet 7 inches and contained 87 eggs, both state records, while the smaller reptile measured 16 feet 6 inches. The museum plans to display the skin and complete skeleton of one of the pythons in a new temporary exhibit opening Jan. 26, 2013, “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.” The exhibit features a model and fossils of the world’s largest snake, estimated at 45-50 feet long, that Florida Museum researchers found in a Colombian coal mine. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace