Massive python captured at South Florida wildlife preserve

Minnie Murray
April 10, 2019

The post was accompanied by a picture that showed a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the big reptile.

For tracking female pythons, Male pythons are sent attached with radio transmitters and they lead to the breeding area, where female pythons are found.

Florida, a state known for big news, just discovered a giant snake.

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

The Burmese python has become a major threat to local wildlife populations in the Florida Everglades and surrounding areas. The climate and the swamps outside of Miami provide the pythons with the flawless habitat to thrive. The news came to light when Big Cypress posted a photo of 4 men holding the snake from head to tail.

The state has also sponsored removal programs with prize incentives, such as the Python Pickup Program and regular public hunts.

"The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develop new removal tools, and learn how the pythons are using the Preserve", the post further notes.

The Burmese python is native to Southeast Asia and was introduced to Florida in the 1990s, when people released their overgrown pets into the wild.

To control their population, Florida holds competitions that encourages hunters to remove as many of them as possible. Pet owners either release them on objective when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state. The female python that wildlife officials found last week contained 73 developing eggs. The searchers, however, managed to find only 68 snakes.

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