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Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs

Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs”

Researchers at Big Cypress National Preserve found what they describe as the biggest python they've ever seen there according WUSA9.

The Sentinel reported that the snake, which weighed 140 lbs. and contained more than 70 developing eggs, is the largest ever caught in Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades.

Researchers use male pythons wearing radio transmitters to find breeding grounds.

The team said it collects data, comes with new removal tools and learns about how the snakes are using the reserve.

The story said the snake was removed from the park but did not specify what researchers did with it. This helps them to locate breeding females.

While pythons of all sizes have been found in the Everglades, majority are between 6 and 10 feet long.

The snake, measuring at 18 feet 2 inches, fell short of the state record by 6 inches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world. It weighed 132 pounds, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hunter John Hammond caught the snake, which was subsequently euthanized, as part of the Python Elimination Program.

In 2017, two renowned snake catchers from India's mountain-dwelling Irula tribe bagged only 33 pythons after chanting across the Everglades for two months.

To control their population, Florida even holds competitions encouraging hunters to remove as many of them as possible.

Since then, the python has disrupted the natural ecosystem of predator and prey in the Everglades, competing with native wildlife for food and contributing to the decline in several mammal species.



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