Largest Python Found in Everglades Packed a Secret

Largest Python Found in Everglades Packed a Secret

Teams working to keep the python population down have been tracking the males with radio transmitters in a bid to find breeding females.

Big Cypress posted a photo on Facebook showing four people holding the snake from its head to its tail.

Big Cypress says their team is not only removing the invasive snakes, but collecting research data, developing new removal tools and learning how the pythons are using the Preserve.

Researchers at Big Cypress National Preserve found what they describe as the biggest python they've ever seen there according WUSA9. Even in December an 18 foot long and 150 pound weighing python was found in Everglades, and it took 45 minutes to eliminate it.

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

A massive, record-setting 17-foot long python with 73 eggs has been captured at a south Florida reserve.

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All of the python work at big Cyprus is repeatedly focused on controlling invasive species which pose threats to native wildlife.

Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons are now estimated to be living in Florida's Everglades.

State wildlife officials estimate there are as many as 100,000 pythons - which are native to Southeast Asia - living in the Florida swamps outside Miami.

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

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission allows for Burmese pythons to be killed without a permit or hunting license.

The Resource Management staff would like to thank all of the Preseve divisions that have supported the python program.