Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Record 17 foot long python captured in Florida

Record 17 foot long python captured in Florida

USA Today reported that Radio transmitters are used by scientists at the national preserve to track male pythons and then the locations of the males used to find breeding females. As the species poses grave threat to wildlife, Big Cypress is taking necessary measures to control their population.

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.

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

The record setting python is held by a team of four hunters who captured the largest female snake at Big Cypress National Preserve.

In December, a huge 18-foot-long python weighing 150 pounds was caught roaming in the Everglades.

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

The snakes have no natural predators in Florida and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) says they have contributed to "drastic declines" of midsized mammals.

Some 1,600 people registered for the inaugural Python Challenge in 2013, organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The snakes began turning up in the Everglades in the 1980s, most likely abandoned by pet owners when the reptiles got too large to handle.

This enormous female was also found to contain 73 developing eggs.

In 2017, 25 hunters were paid to euthanize pythons under a $175,000 pilot program by the South Florida Water Management District.

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