17-foot-long female python caught using male pythons; picture goes viral

Record 17-foot python with 73 developing eggs caught by researchers in Florida

Even in December an 18 foot long and 150 pound weighing python was found in Everglades, and it took 45 minutes to eliminate it.

Researchers in the park track down breeding females by fitting male pythons with radio transmitters.

Officials attribute her capture to research regarding a new approach to finding pythons.

Researchers have captured what they are calling the largest python to ever be removed from the Big Cypress National Preserve.

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.

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The Sentinel reported that the snake, which weighed 140 lbs. and contained more than 70 developing eggs, is the largest ever caught in Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades.

Burmese pythons pose "significant threats" to the native wildlife in the preserve, located about 125 kilometres west of Miami, in south Florida.

The pythons, which can grow to more than 20 feet in their native habitat in Southeast Asia, are one of the most problematic invaders of Florida's sprawling Everglades wetlands.

Researchers said the work done at Big Cypress is focused on getting control of the pythons, who are disturbing the species that live there.

The Facebook post said hunters have been able to locate and remove several breeding female pythons in the past few months. Everglades National Park scientists trained a beagle puppy named Python Pete to sniff out the snakes, but had to abandon the venture when Pete wilted in the heat of the Florida summer. Your information will be used in fighting this invasive species.

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