Scientists capture record 17-foot-long python in Florida

10 April, 2019, 03:44 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

The female snake, the largest ever to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, weighed 63.5kg and was carrying 73 developing eggs.

"The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby", researchers said in a statement.

It shows a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the huge snake.

The largest one was more than 18 feet long and weighed more than 100 pounds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

While this latest find is impressive, it's not the biggest python to have been discovered in the Florida Everglades.

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Florida has used other methods to manage the python population, including encouraging the humane killing of pythons on private property and at 22 wildlife management areas, including Big Cypress.

According to CNN, the Burmese python, native to Southeast Asia, started appearing in the Florida Everglades - a hot, humid habitat ideal for the foreign species - in the 1980s. The news came to light when Big Cypress posted a photo of 4 men holding the snake from head to tail.

The snake poses significant threats to native wildlife, so to control their populations, Florida encourages hunters to remove as many of them as possible.

The "new approach" that led to the capture of this enormous python involves outfitting male pythons with radio transmitters.

Some pet pythons also might have escaped from a breeding facility destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Pet owners either release them on objective when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state. The searchers found only 68 snakes.

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