Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Florida researchers bag record 17-foot python

Florida researchers bag record 17-foot python

"The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby", the park said on Facebook.

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

In the Florida Everglades, a team of invasive species researchers got more than they bargained for - a 17-foot-long python, plus 73 developing python eggs.

"Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females", the Facebook statement said.

The Burmese python is native to Southeast Asia, but in recent decades the big snakes have become a slithering menace in Florida.

An enormous 17-foot, 140-pound female python was captured by researchers, setting a record for the largest python to be removed from the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, officials said.

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As many as 100,000 pythons are now living in the Florida Everglades, according to state wildlife officials. The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate flawless for pythons to hide and thrive, CNN reported.

Rangers from the Cypress National Reserve say that new research and tracking technology made the discovery possible.

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

As the species poses grave threat to wildlife, Big Cypress is taking necessary measures to control their population. More snakes likely entered the area after Hurricane Andrew hit a python breeding facility in 1992.

In this instance, it led the hunters to a record-breaking snake. The searchers found only 68 snakes.

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