An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

The team from the Big Cypress National Preserve posted news of their record-setting catch in a Facebook post that also noted the giant reptile was carrying 73 eggs.

A team at Big Cypress National Preserve caught a 17-foot 140-pound female python, the longest python ever caught in the Everglades, the Guardian reports. "They will kind of circle an area and that way the scientists will know that male has found a female ready to breed, and that's exactly what this lead to", python hunter and founder of Swamp Apes Tom Rahill said.

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.

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

Burmese pythons pose "significant threats" to the native wildlife in the preserve, located about 125 kilometres west of Miami, in south Florida. Even in December an 18 foot long and 150 pound weighing python was found in Everglades, and it took 45 minutes to eliminate it.

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A record-breaking snake has been caught and removed from a national park in America.

The research team used male pythons with radio transmitters and tracked them to help locate breeding females.

The invasive species are numerous and lethal - they kill animals and birds by squeezing them until they pass out.

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.

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