Massive python captured at South Florida wildlife preserve

10 April, 2019, 03:45 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

But even by python standards, this one was colossal.

A team of hunters with the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida holding the female python which has 73 developing eggs.

The 17-foot-long, cold-blooded colossus was the largest ever to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades - weighing in at 140 pounds.

Officials with the reserve posted an image of the beast they captured in the Florida Everglades, showcasing the mind-boggling size of the python.

Burmese pythons caught in Florida are often 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) long, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The research team used male pythons with radio transmitters and tracked them to help locate breeding females.

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"The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develop new removal tools, and learn how the pythons are using the Preserve", the post further notes.

Florida, a state known for big news, just discovered a giant snake. The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate ideal for pythons to hide and thrive, CNN reported.

Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons are now estimated to be living in Florida's Everglades.

Since then, the python has disrupted the natural ecosystem of predator and prey in the Everglades, competing with native wildlife for food and contributing to the decline in several mammal species.

The pythons pose significant threats to native wildlife. The searchers, however, managed to find only 68 snakes.

In 2017, 25 hunters were paid to euthanize pythons under a $175,000 pilot program by the South Florida Water Management District. Pet owners either release them on objective when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state.

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