Record-breaking pregnant python captured in Florida

Record-breaking pregnant python captured in Florida

In December 2017, snake hunter Jason Leon caught a 17-foot female Burmese python at Big Cypress that set a record.

The researchers caught this behemoth by using male pythons equipped with radio transmitters, which, they say, "allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females".

The news site said pythons, which are an invasive species, have had a big impact on the Everglades and researchers are "trying to find a way to eliminate or control their population". Not only did her size break records, she also had a record number of eggs. The scientists used new tracking technology to catch the Big Cypress snake, the national preserve said in a social media post.

Pythons pose a major threat to native wildlife in the state. The South Florida Water Management District said that female measured 17 feet, 1 inch long and weighed 132 pounds.

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

Some pythons also may have escaped from a breeding site destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

State wildlife officials estimate there as many as 100,000 pythons in the swamp areas outside Miami.

According to a 2012 study by the United States Geological Survey, the region has witnessed a major drop in the population of raccoons, opossums and bobcats, with several species of rabbits and foxes having almost disappeared altogether.

The animals are regularly found in the stomachs of pythons removed from the area.

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