Researchers remove largest female python from Big Cypress National Preserve

Olive Hawkins
April 8, 2019

A team of four researchers stood apart from one another, arms outstretched, clutching a giant python, and it takes a wide-angle lens just to capture the length of the beast they found in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades.

The news site said pythons, which are an invasive species, have had a big impact on the Everglades and researchers are "trying to find a way to eliminate or control their population".

The park said on Facebook the female python weighs 140 pounds, is over 17 feet long and contained 73 developing eggs.

"Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females", Big Cypress National Preserve posted to Facebook. Rita Garcia, a spokeswoman for Big Cypress Preserve, said the eggs were destroyed and the snake was euthanized.

Big Cypress said the snake sent a new record for the area.

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In a first, scientists have captured a female python that was more than 17-feet-long.

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.

Agencies responsible for managing the Everglades stage regular public python hunts and a year ago recorded their 1,000th kill, by a hunter who bagged more than 100.

The Burmese python is native to Asia and came to inhabit the swampy lands of South Florida after people released pet pythons into the wild, reported CBS News.

The Resource Management staff would like to thank all of the Preseve divisions that have supported the python program.

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