Record-breaking pregnant python captured in Florida

Record-breaking pregnant python captured in Florida

Record-breaking pregnant python captured in Florida

Researchers last week captured and killed the largest Burmese python to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades, according to wildlife officials.

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

"The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develops new removal tools, and learns how the pythons are using the preserve", officials said.

Researchers explained in the post that they were able to track the female by tracking radio transmitters placed on male pythons.

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".

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It shows a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the huge snake.

It was one of these transmitting males that led the preserve's researchers to the impressive female, who weighed 140 pounds. The climate and the swamps outside of Miami provide the pythons with the flawless habitat to thrive.

Florida holds competitions in order to encourage hunters to remove these snakes and keep a check on their population.

Since then, the python has disrupted the natural ecosystem of predator and prey in the Everglades, competing with native wildlife for food and contributing to the decline in several mammal species.

A record-breaking snake has been caught and removed from a national park in America. The searchers, however, managed to find only 68 snakes.

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