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Scientists capture record 17-foot-long python in Florida

09 April, 2019, 07:29 | Author: Taylor George
  • US Researchers Capture 17-Foot-Long Python Using Tracking Devices

A team at Big Cypress National Preserve caught a 17-foot 140-pound female python, the longest python ever caught in the Everglades, the Guardian reports.

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.

Researchers said male pythons with implanted radio transmitters were actually used to track breeding females.

The Big Cypress National Preserve, located in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida, posted the news about the python's capture on its Facebook page Friday.

Officials with the reserve posted an image of the beast they captured in the Florida Everglades, showcasing the mind-boggling size of the python. Others escaped from a breeding facility wrecked by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. She is the largest python they have ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve.

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According to the United States Geological Survey, drastic falls in the population of raccoons, opossums and bobcats in the Everglades are linked to pythons - while rabbits and foxes "effectively disappeared" from the area. Rita Garcia, a spokeswoman for Big Cypress Preserve, said the eggs were destroyed and the snake was euthanized. Even in December an 18 foot long and 150 pound weighing python was found in Everglades, and it took 45 minutes to eliminate it.

Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons are now estimated to be living in Florida's Everglades.

Other efforts to remove pythons have proved less successful.

It is said to be the largest snake that has been caught since the program started.

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