Scientists capture record 17-foot-long python in Florida

Scientists capture record 17-foot-long python in Florida

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

"Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females", the national preserve added on Facebook.

The 17-foot (5.1-meter), 140-pound (63.5-kilogram) female snake - an invasive species devastating to native wildlife - was discovered using a new tracking approach that leans on technology and the laws of attraction.

The massive python also contained 73 developing eggs.

Officials attribute her capture to research regarding a new approach to finding pythons.

According to a post on the preserve's Facebook page, the team used the technique to not only remove the snakes but to collect data for research, develop new removal tools and learn how the reptiles are using the preserve.

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"Once they do locate the female, the distance they travel in a day will be severely reduced".

In the Florida Everglades, a team of invasive species researchers got more than they bargained for - a 17-foot-long python, plus 73 developing python eggs.

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

In 2017, 25 hunters were paid to euthanize pythons under a $175,000 pilot program by the South Florida Water Management District.

They said their teams had been able to remove several other breeding females from the same area in recent months in partnership with the US Geological Survey.

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

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