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

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

In order to track down female pythons, researchers outfit male pythons with radio transmitters.

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 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".

The goal is to remove the invasive snakes and to also collect data for research that will help Big Cypress develop new removal tools and learn the pythons' habits.

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

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The were brought to the state in the 1970s as pets and can grow up to 20 feet long. Big Cypress' rangers credit research and new tracking technology with making it possible.

Burmese pythons caught in Florida are often six to 10 feet long, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Pythons typically come from Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

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.

Agencies responsible for managing the Everglades stage regular public python hunts and a year ago recorded their 1,000th kill, by a hunter who bagged more than 100.

In 2017, two renowned snake catchers from India's mountain-dwelling Irula tribe bagged only 33 pythons after chanting across the Everglades for two months.

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