Massive python found in South Florida wildlife preserve

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

The snake was so massive that it took four people to hold it in its entirety.

The python captured in the U.S. state of Florida weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.

Researchers in the park track down breeding females by fitting male pythons with radio transmitters.

A 17-foot-long female python weighing 140 pounds (63 Kg) was captured at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades, making it the largest python ever removed from the preserve.

"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", FWC officials wrote in a statement on Facebook announcing the catch.

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.

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

Still, this latest find is impressive. "They will kind of circle an area and that way the scientists will know that male has found a female ready to breed, and that's exactly what this lead to", python hunter and founder of Swamp Apes Tom Rahill said.

Rangers from the Cypress National Reserve say that new research and tracking technology made the discovery possible. The searchers found only 68 snakes.

The female snake, which also contained 73 developing eggs, was caught using an innovative approach to tackling the invasive species, which poses a major threat to native wildlife in the Sunshine State.

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