Scientists swamped by massive python found in Florida

Gargantuan 17-foot python with 73 eggs captured at Florida animal preserve

Gargantuan 17-foot python with 73 eggs captured at Florida animal preserve

Scientists said that the python is the largest ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, located in South Florida.

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. Moreover, not only does the team remove the invasive snakes but they also collect data to develop to learn how the snakes are using the preserve and develop new removal tools.

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

The preserve posted a photograph of four researchers holding up the giant reptile in the 729,000-acre swampland expanse west of Miami. Her "boyfriend", as many outlets reported, is what led the hunters to the expectant mother.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lists the largest Burmese python on record as measuring more than 18 feet long and weighing in at more than 100 pounds.

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

The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate flawless for pythons to hide and thrive.

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

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.

Florida holds competitions in order to encourage hunters to remove these snakes and keep a check on their population. The searchers, however, managed to find only 68 snakes.

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