Researchers remove largest female python from Big Cypress National Preserve

Mindy Sparks
April 8, 2019

Officials say this is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve and was caught using radio transmitters.

The Big Cypress National Preserve, located in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida, posted the news about the python's capture on its Facebook page Friday.

A 17-foot-long female python was pulled from Florida's Everglades last week, and was caught after researchers followed the signals of male pythons equipped with radio transmitters, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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

She was captured after officials said pythons had to be rounded-up to stop their numbers getting out of control.

The Facebook post said they have been able to locate and remove several breeding female pythons over the past few months.

The python weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.

The goal is to remove the invasive snakes and to also collect data for research that will help Big Cypress develop new removal tools and learn the pythons' habits.

The National Park Services defines invasive species as "having the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside their natural range".

Researchers posted a shocking photo of the snake on Facebook and said it set a new record for the Big Cypress National Preserve. Burmese pythons were introduced to Florida through escaped or released pets, and now they are a presence in the Everglades, feeding on native wildlife. In their native lands, the snakes commonly reach 18 feet and can exceed 20 feet.

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