Scientists just captured a record 17-foot python in Florida

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

A female python which was weighing 140 pounds and was 17 feet length, making it the largest snake ever to be caught in Big Cypress National preserve, was captured in Florida Everglades.

The female snake, which also contained 73 developing eggs, was caught using an innovative approach to tackling the invasive species, which poses a major threat to native wildlife in the Sunshine State.

Between 2000 and 2009, more than a thousand pythons were captured and removed from Everglades National Park.

The team said they caught the snake by tracking a "boyfriend" male snake that had been fitted with a radio transmitter.

A team of hunters with the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida holding the female python which has 73 developing eggs.

The python population is thought to originate from pets released by owners when they got too large, and has been growing since the 1980s, while a breeding facility destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 also contributed. Pythons typically come from Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

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

The focus of python work at the Big Cypress National Preserve is to find new ways to prevent these invasive species from disturbing native animals' habitats.

Wildlife officials aiming to eradicate the invasive Burmese python from Florida's Everglades wilderness have set a record with the capture of a breeding female measuring more than 17ft long. The program has helped locate several other breeding females in the Everglades in recent months, the team said.

Florida holds competitions in order to encourage hunters to remove these snakes and keep a check on their population.

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