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17-foot python is largest ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve

Posted at 7:01 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 07:19:03-04

Python hunters continue to remove the invasive snakes from South Florida, and they seem to be getting bigger.

The Big Cypress National Preserve posted on their Facebook page Friday that they caught a female snake more than 17 feet long that weighed 140 pounds.

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The massive python also contained 73 developing eggs.

Officials say this is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve and was caught using radio transmitters. The picture posted on their Facebook page shows it took four people to hold up the behemoth!

Using male pythons with transmitters, it allows the hunters to track the male to find the breeding females.

In this instance, it led the hunters to a record-breaking snake.

Big Cypress says their team is not only removing the invasive snakes, but collecting research data, developing new removal tools and learning how the pythons are using the Preserve.

The Facebook post said they have been able to locate and remove several breeding female pythons over the past few months.

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