Largest python in FL history found in Everglades

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NAPLES, Fla. – – A record-breaking Burmese python recovered successful the Everglades is present the largest documented of its taxon recovered successful Florida, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced Wednesday.

The pistillate python measures astir 18 feet long, weighs 215 pounds, and was recovered with 122 processing eggs successful its abdomen officials said.

Photo: Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Biologists utilized “scout snakes” to find the oversized python which works by implanting vigor transmitters into antheral snakes to assistance wildlife officials recognize the patterns and question of the animal.

“How bash you find the needle successful the haystack? You could usage a magnet, and successful a akin mode our antheral scout snakes are attracted to the biggest females around,” said Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and biology subject task manager for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. 

Photo: Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The scout snakes led biologists to the find of the present largest Burmese python successful Florida history.

The Burmese python is an invasive taxon successful Florida and is known for accelerated reproduction and depletion of autochthonal wildlife, officials said.

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“The removal of female pythons plays a captious relation successful disrupting the breeding rhythm of these apex predators that are wreaking havoc connected the Everglades ecosystem and taking nutrient sources from different autochthonal species,” Bartoszek said.

Since 2013 the Conservancy has removed much than 1,000 pythons from the southwest Florida area.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Burmese pythons tin beryllium humanely killed connected backstage lands astatine immoderate clip with landowner support and without a permit.

Click present for much accusation connected removing pythons successful Florida.

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