This massive python just broke a record in the Florida Everglades

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

They discovered the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Researchers explained in the post that they were able to track the female by tracking radio transmitters placed on male pythons.

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

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.

Some pet pythons also might have escaped from a breeding facility destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Python hunters continue to remove the invasive snakes from South Florida, and they seem to be getting bigger.




The python was carrying 73 developing eggs.

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

Pythons are invasive to Big Cypress, so the preserve's resource management staff works with the U.S. Geological Survey to "locate and remove" breeding pythons from the area.

State wildlife officials estimate there as many as 100,000 pythons in the swamp areas outside Miami.

The state has also sponsored removal programs with prize incentives, such as the Python Pickup Program and regular public hunts. The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate flawless for pythons to hide and thrive, CNN reported.

In 2017, two renowned snake catchers from India's mountain-dwelling Irula tribe bagged only 33 pythons after chanting across the Everglades for two months.

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