Record-breaking pregnant python captured in Florida

Saul Bowman
April 9, 2019

The record setting python is held by a team of four hunters who captured the largest female snake at Big Cypress National Preserve.

A research team in Big Cypress National Preserve found and removed a female python that was over 17 feet long and weighed 140 pounds, the largest ever seen in the area, according to the preserve's Facebook page. "They will kind of circle an area and that way the scientists will know that male has found a female ready to breed, and that's exactly what this lead to", python hunter and founder of Swamp Apes Tom Rahill said.

"She was caught because of research and a new approach to finding pythons", the post read.

Researchers in the park track down breeding females by fitting male pythons with radio transmitters.

In the Florida Everglades, a team of invasive species researchers got more than they bargained for - a 17-foot-long python, plus 73 developing python eggs. As the species poses grave threat to wildlife, Big Cypress is taking necessary measures to control their population.

The story said the snake was removed from the park but did not specify what researchers did with it.

The snakes were banned from importation for the pet trade in 2012, but the US Geological Survey website says tens of thousands of pythons are estimated to be present in the Everglades.

FWC officials said that using radio transmitters was part of a larger, collaborative effort to eradicate the nonnative species from South Florida.

Last month, the battle against the invasive Burmese python in the Everglades reached a major milestone with the removal of the 2,000th python.

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