Largest Python Found in Everglades Packed a Secret

The snake hunters pose with their catch. (Big Cypress National Preserve)

Snake hunters trying to rid the Florida Everglades of invasive Burmese pythons used a new method to make a record-breaking catch. A team at Big Cypress National Preserve caught a 17-foot 140-pound female python, the longest python ever caught in the Everglades, the Guardian reports.

The snake contained 73 “developing eggs,” the team said in a Facebook post. The team said they caught the snake by tracking a “boyfriend” male snake that had been fitted with a radio transmitter. The program has helped locate several other breeding females in the Everglades in recent months, the team said.

“All of the python work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife,” the team said. The pythons typically grow to be six to 10 feet long in Florida, though they can exceed 20 feet in Asia, the Washington Post reports.

The invasive pythons—descended from pets released in the 1980s or freed when Hurricane Andrew destroyed exotic-wildlife facilities in 1992—have been squeezing native wildlife out of the Everglades. Over the last 20 years, populations of raccoons and opossums are down are 99%, while marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits, and foxes have “effectively disappeared,” researchers say.

Via Newser.

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2 Responses to Largest Python Found in Everglades Packed a Secret

  1. Tall Stacey Reply

    April 15, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    So if possums, raccoons and rabbits are all but gone, what are the snakes eating? I mean, little ones are not big enough to eat deer or gators, so they have to begin starving, It would seem to me that some natural control should be taking place.

    I hope….!

  2. Bill Formby Reply

    April 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    There is a small city just north of Montgomery, AL called Prattville, AL. A couple of years ago they killed a Reticulated Python in a swampy area that measured 24 feet long. Best guess on this one is that he had outgrown his owners ability to keep him. While it normally gets too cold that far North for these type snakes, this one had apparently survived it very well. These snakes can live almost anything. While their may seem to be a shortage of raccoons and possums that may be an adaptation of their population. Also, one must remember that we along the Gulf Coast still have plenty of Nutria and squirrels to go around in addition to the fact that the gator population is still on the rise.

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