Huge python caught in Florida's Everglades

Huge python caught in Florida's Everglades

When scientists captured the snake, she had 73 eggs inside of her.

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

In order to track down female pythons, researchers outfit male pythons with radio transmitters.

This helps them to locate breeding females.

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 group posted the image to the Big Cypress Facebook page Friday and are calling the catch a record.

Thousands of Burmese pythons live in the wild all over South Florida, according to a National Park Service fact sheet.

Florida, a state known for big news, just discovered a giant snake.

The pythons captured by researchers in Florida typically measure between 6 and 10 feet, researchers said.

They eat indigenous species and their food sources, fueling concerns that the predator snakes will fundamentally change the ecosystem.

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.

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. Some pythons grow as much as 20 feet long.

The inaugural Python Challenge was organised in 2013 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and some 1,600 people had registered for this.

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