Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN

BRITS vis­it­ing Florida have been warned to be on alert af­ter a 17-FOOT python was caught in the Dis­neyworld state. Ev­ery year mil­lions of Bri­tons visit Florida – dubbed the Sun­shine State – to soak up sun, eat ham­burg­ers and pay through the snot­ter to watch grown men dressed as gi­ant mice and ducks. But the cap­ture of the gi­gan­tic fe­male Burmese python, the largest ever found in the Ever­glades area, has turned Florida from a place of fun to a place of FEAR!

The mon­ster ser­pent, mea­sur­ing 12-inches across and car­ry­ing 87 fer­tilised eggs, could have crushed and eaten a hu­man be­ing WHOLE, ex­perts said.

And tourism bosses fear that it is just a mat­ter of time be­fore a hol­i­day­maker is gobbled up by one of the mon­sters.

Ken­neth Krysko, from the Florida Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, said: “The thing is mon­strous, it’s about a foot wide.

“It means these snakes are sur­viv­ing a long time in the wild, there’s noth­ing stop­ping them and the na­tive wildlife are in trou­ble.”

Burmese pythons ar­rived in the U.S. three decades ago as part of the ex­otic pet in­dus­try.

They squeeze vic­tims then swal­low them alive.

HISS OFF: A snake and ( right) some of its eggs TAK­ING THE

MICKEY: Dis­ney re­sort and ( right) a

big snake

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