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FGCU students study invasive Burmese pythons in Southwest Florida

Posted at 5:46 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 07:53:48-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University students are using a Burmese python to track and study more of the invasive species in Southwest Florida. 

Earlier this year, researches at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida made an amazing discovery - a python swallowing a deer larger than itself. 

Argo - the python used to search out other female snakes, has led researchers to two females - over 100 pounds each - and six males - another 350 pounds of python. The females alone could have laid 120 eggs this season, wildlife biologist Ian Bartoszek said. 

In order to produce healthy eggs, pythons must consume massive amounts of food - making them truly detrimental to the environment they are invading.