Scientists capture the biggest python ever found in US

Christopher Davidson
April 8, 2019

Wildlife officials aiming to eradicate the invasive Burmese python from Florida's Everglades wilderness have set a record with the capture of a breeding female measuring more than 17ft long.

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

A 17-foot-long female python, the largest ever captured at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades, took four people to hold it.

The park explained the new process to hunt the non-native snakes involves outfitting male pythons with radio transmitters, "which allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females". Rita Garcia, a spokeswoman for Big Cypress Preserve, said the eggs were destroyed and the snake was euthanized.

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While pythons of all sizes have been found in the Everglades, a lot of them are between six and 10 feet long.

Researchers said the work done at Big Cypress is focused on getting control of the pythons, who are disturbing the species that live there.

According to a post on the preserve's Facebook page, the team used the technique to not only remove the snakes but to collect data for research, develop new removal tools and learn how the reptiles are using the preserve.

The pythons, which can grow to more than 20 feet in their native habitat in Southeast Asia, are one of the most problematic invaders of Florida's sprawling Everglades wetlands. The South Florida Water Management District said that female measured 17 feet, 1 inch long and weighed 132 pounds.

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