Scientists capture the biggest python ever found in US

Geraldine Edwards
April 9, 2019

Big Cypress National Preserve said on its Facebook page that one of the males was nearby the massive female.

A 17-foot-long female python weighing 140 pounds (63 Kg) was captured at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades, making it the largest python ever removed from the preserve. "They will kind of circle an area and that way the scientists will know that male has found a female ready to breed, and that's exactly what this lead to", python hunter and founder of Swamp Apes Tom Rahill said.

A national park in Florida has captured a record 5.2m python using an innovative approach to tackling the invasive species.

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The post was accompanied by a picture that showed a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the big reptile.

Snake hunters trying to rid the Florida Everglades of invasive Burmese pythons used a new method to make a record-breaking catch.

Researchers use male pythons wearing radio transmitters to find breeding grounds. This helps them to locate breeding females. As the species poses grave threat to wildlife, Big Cypress is taking necessary measures to control their population.

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The pythons, which can grow to more than 20 feet in their native habitat in Southeast Asia, are one of the most problematic invaders of Florida's sprawling Everglades wetlands.

Python hunters continue to remove invasive snakes from Florida, and they seem to be getting bigger. Rita Garcia, a spokesperson for the Big Cypress National Preserve, said the eggs were destroyed and the snake was euthanized.

The team said it collects data, comes with new removal tools and learns about how the snakes are using the reserve.

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