If you have a fear of snakes then here’s a reason to be extra careful in the Florida Everglades: as you could potentially encounter an extremely large Burmese python.
Just outside Miami, Florida, scientists captured a 17-foot-long female python in the Big Cypress National Preserve. A new record was set for the largest female snake ever removed from the preserve weighing 140 pounds as she contained 73 eggs.
Scientists removed the enormous burmese pythons are an invasive species in the Everglades. New research and tracking technology made her capture possible.
Burmese pythons native to Southeast Asia, but in the 1980’s python’s began populating in Florida due to pet owners who abandoned the snakes once they got too big to handle. The animals now pose a major threat to native wildlife.
A statement from the preserve says:
“The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develop[s] new removal tools, and learn[s] how the pythons are using the Preserve. … All of the python work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife.”
In order to take a picture it took four researchers to hold up the female python for a snapshot.
Although there are almost 100,000 pythons in the Everglades. Despite most pythons typically measuring between six to ten foot long most of them are not this gigantic.
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