Scientists just captured a record 17-foot-long python in Florida

Scientists just captured a record 17-foot-long python in Florida

Scientists just captured a record 17-foot-long python in Florida

Big Cypress is focused on finding and eliminating pythons from the national preserve, especially breeding females, because the reptile is an invasive species "which poses significant threats to native wildlife". The snake was so massive that it took four people to hold it in its entirety.

In the Florida Everglades, a team of invasive species researchers got more than they bargained for - a 17-foot-long python, plus 73 developing python eggs.

The team found the python by using a new approach in which researchers track male pythons by using radio transmitters.

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

Researchers last week captured and killed the largest Burmese python to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades, according to wildlife officials.

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

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Still, this latest find is impressive.

According to the United States Geological Survey, drastic falls in the population of raccoons, opossums and bobcats in the Everglades are linked to pythons - while rabbits and foxes "effectively disappeared" from the area.

Rangers from the Cypress National Reserve say that new research and tracking technology made the discovery possible.

"The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develop new removal tools, and learn how the pythons are using the Preserve", the post further notes. The searchers found only 68 snakes.

In this instance, it led the hunters to a record-breaking snake.

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