Scientists capture record 17-foot-long python in Florida

Biggest python ever found

HUGE A record-setting python has been found in Florida

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

With the capture of pythons, researchers are also able to collect data to develop new removal methods.

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

The team from the Big Cypress National Preserve posted news of their record-setting catch in a Facebook post that also noted the giant reptile was carrying 73 eggs.

In December, a huge 18-foot-long python weighing 150 pounds was caught roaming in the Everglades.

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A 17-foot-long female python was pulled from Florida's Everglades last week, and was caught after researchers followed the signals of male pythons equipped with radio transmitters, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

State wildlife officials estimate there are as many as 100,000 pythons living in the vast swamps outside Miami. Once female pythons are found, they are removed from the area in order to control the invasive species, since they could be threatening to native wildlife.

Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons are now estimated to be living in Florida's Everglades. Pet owners either release them on goal when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state. Others escaped from a breeding facility wrecked by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Burmese pythons caught in Florida are often 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) long, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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

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