Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs

Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs

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.

Officials with the reserve posted an image of the beast they captured in the Florida Everglades, showcasing the mind-boggling size of the python.

Researchers at Big Cypress National Preserve found what they describe as the biggest python they've ever seen there according WUSA9.

A team of four researchers stood apart from one another, arms outstretched, clutching a giant python, and it takes a wide-angle lens just to capture the length of the beast they found in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades. As the species poses grave threat to wildlife, Big Cypress is taking necessary measures to control their population.

The python had 73 developing eggs.

Measuring over 17 feet and weighing 140 pounds, the female python was discovered with 73 developing eggs, Saturday.

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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.

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

The research team used male pythons with radio transmitters and tracked them to help locate breeding females.

The National Park Services defines invasive species as "having the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside their natural range".

The Burmese python has been considered an invasive species since it was first spotted in Florida's Everglades in the 1980s.

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