17-Foot Python In Florida Breaks Record, Park Officials Say

Arturo Kim
April 8, 2019

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

On Friday, Big Cypress National Preserve announced in a post to Facebook that its team of researchers had discovered the largest python ever to be removed from the swamp.

Researchers use male pythons wearing radio transmitters to find breeding grounds. It also noted the 140-pound snake was carrying more than 70 developing eggs - so, in effect, the capture helped eliminate 74 pythons from the Everglades.

A picture of the female python, where she was being held by a team of four, was shared on the official Facebook page of the national preserve.

"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", it said.

All of the python work at big Cyprus is repeatedly focused on controlling invasive species which pose threats to native wildlife. Pythons typically come from Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

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The python captured in the U.S. state of Florida weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.

Populations of raccoons, opossums and bobcats have fallen by between 88% and 99% as the python population has exploded, studies have shown, while several species of rabbits and foxes have all but disappeared.

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

In recent decades, the big snakes have become a menace in Florida.

Other efforts to remove pythons have proved less successful.

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