Massive python found in South Florida wildlife preserve

Posted April 08, 2019

Officials at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida just found the largest python ever to be removed from the reserve.

It was also revealed by Big Cypress that the snake was euthanized, and all the 73 eggs that were laid by the deadly snake were destroyed as well, adding that the python was caught as a result of research and new methods of capturing pythons.

The park explained the new process to hunt the non-native snakes involves outfitting male pythons with radio transmitters, "which allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females".

The preserve said the new approach includes using male pythons that have been equipped with transmitters that help lead researchers to breeding females.

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The post was accompanied by a picture that showed a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the very big reptile.

While pythons of all sizes have been found in the Everglades, a lot of them are between 6 and 10 feet long.

Florida's warm, subtropical climate and the Everglades' abundance of edible wildlife provided a ideal environment for the snakes to flourish.

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.

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Big Cypress said the snake sent a new record for the area.

The pythons began turning up in the Everglades in the 1980s, most likely abandoned by pet owners when the snakes got too big to handle.

The inaugural Python Challenge was organised in 2013 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and some 1,600 people had registered for this.

The Resource Management staff would like to thank all of the Preseve divisions that have supported the python program.

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