Record-Breaking 17-Foot Python Found Slithering Around Florida

US Researchers Capture 17-Foot-Long Python Using Tracking Devices

US Researchers Capture 17-Foot-Long Python Using Tracking Devices

Researchers posted a shocking photo of the snake on Facebook and said it set a new record for the Big Cypress National Preserve.

They then capture and remove the breeding females.

The Sentinel reported that the snake, which weighed 140 lbs. and contained more than 70 developing eggs, is the largest ever caught in Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades.

The giant female python, which was removed from the Florida-based nature area, required four people to carry it.

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

Pythons pose a major threat to native wildlife in the state.

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Big Cypress National Preserve said on its Facebook page that one of the males was nearby the massive female.

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.

Pythons are invasive to Big Cypress, so the preserve's resource management staff works with the U.S. Geological Survey to "locate and remove" breeding pythons from the area.

A record-breaking snake has been caught and removed from a national park in America. The program has helped locate several other breeding females in the Everglades in recent months, the team said.

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

Big Cypress says its team is not only removing the invasive snakes, but collecting research data, developing new removal tools and learning how the pythons are using the Preserve.

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