Monster 15ft Burmese python brings traffic to a halt by casually crossing road

A monster Burmese python that sized in at a hefty 15ft brought traffic to a stop after it was spotted slithering across the road.

The incident was showcased on Instagram, after a woman from Florida, United States, took to the road and began filming the freakishly large snake.

Over 16,000 people are said to have watched the Instagram footage which Kymberly Strempack Clark uploaded, with the enormous snake slithering across the road.

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It was inevitable that someone chipped in with a "proceed to the route" GPS joke, which Clark's GPS of all things provided, taking the edge off of seeing the massive Burmese python.

Clark said of the encounter: "I have never seen a snake this large before in the wild, especially a python.

"We were mostly looking up for birds of prey and exotic birds. We also scan the fields for other wildlife. We never expected a gigantic python in the road.

"My friends and I were, of course, surprised and shocked. We approached it very slowly with extreme caution.

"When we were close, we were pretty sure it was a python, which invoked many emotions. We felt sad that the pythons are invading Florida's sacred land."

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The photographer says she stopped the car as quick as she could, hopping out with her trio of friends to get a closer look at the 15ft beast.

She added: "We felt surprised that a python could grow to be this large. We felt shocked for what we hope is a once in a lifetime experience."

Burmese pythons are one of the largest species of snakes in the world, although this one was far away from its native habitat of Southeast Asia.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has said that the invasive species in parts of Florida has gotten so bad that they are a threat to native wildlife.

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