Snake's 'boyfriend’ leads hunters to largest python in Florida Everglades

Pablo Tucker
April 8, 2019

She is the largest python they have ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve.

The pythons, which can grow to more than 20 feet in their native habitat in Southeast Asia, are one of the most problematic invaders of Florida's sprawling Everglades wetlands.

The news site said pythons, which are an invasive species, have had a big impact on the Everglades and researchers are "trying to find a way to eliminate or control their population".

The snake was more than 17-feet long, was 140 pounds and was developing 73 eggs inside of her.

The researchers caught this behemoth by using male pythons equipped with radio transmitters, which, they say, "allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females".

A 17-foot-long female python, the largest ever captured at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades, took four people to hold it.

It was through this process - tracking a male python with a transmitter - that led to the location and capture of the massive female python.

Burmese pythons pose "significant threats" to the native wildlife in the preserve, located about 125 kilometres west of Miami, in south Florida.

"The Resource Management staff would like to thank all of the Preserve divisions that have supported the python program", Big Cypress National Preserve said in the Facebook post.

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. Your information will be used in fighting this invasive species.

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