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Record-breaking Burmese python removed from Everglades

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 17:29:35-04

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla — A record-breaking 18 foot, 9-inch Burmese python, was recently removed from the Everglades.

Its the longest Burmese python to ever be eliminated in Florida.

Python removal agents with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Florida Water Management District have been working together as part of a joint python elimination program.

The program is under the direction of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The snake was removed on Oct. 2nd along the L-28 Tieback Canal about 35 miles west of Miami.

The state's previous record for a Burmese python was 18 feet, 8 inches in 2013.

More than 5,000 invasive pythons from South Florida’s Everglades ecosystem under the expanded program.

“The removal of this behemoth Burmese python is a triumph for our native wildlife and habitats,” said FWC Commissioner Rodney Barreto.

“It’s a great example of the partnership between the FWC and the South Florida Water Management District, working under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis, toward our goal of removing these nonnative predators.”

FWC says you can help control nonnative invasive wildlife.

They say you can report sightings to the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-483-4681.

You can also go online.