Massive python captured at South Florida wildlife preserve

US Researchers Capture 17-Foot-Long Python Using Tracking Devices

South Florida Water Management District said the snake catcher captured a 17-foot, 5-inch (5.3-metre) female Burmese python, which weighed in at 120 pounds.

They found the record-breaking python using a new, and intuitive, tracking method - following male pythons on their quests for female mates.

A colossal python catch was made over the weekend at Big Cypress National Preserve that broke records.

A female python which was weighing 140 pounds and was 17 feet length, making it the largest snake ever to be caught in Big Cypress National preserve, was captured in Florida Everglades.

The 17ft female weighs a humungous 140lbs and was found in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females.

The preserve said on its Facebook page that the python was euthanized and its 73 developing eggs were destroyed.

Pythons pose a major threat to native wildlife in the state.

The snakes have no natural predators in Florida and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said they have contributed to "drastic declines" of midsized mammals.

Python hunters continue to remove invasive snakes from Florida, and they seem to be getting bigger.

The goal is to remove the invasive snakes and to also collect data for research that will help Big Cypress develop new removal tools and learn the pythons' habits.

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

According to CNN, the Burmese python, native to Southeast Asia, started appearing in the Florida Everglades - a hot, humid habitat ideal for the foreign species - in the 1980s.

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