Massive pregnant python caught using new approach

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

A 17-foot-long female python weighing 140 pounds (63 Kg) was captured at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades, making it the largest python ever removed from the preserve.

In a Facebook post dated April 5, local officials noted that the female python was over 17 feet long, and pregnant with 73 eggs. "The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develop new removal tools, and learn how the pythons are using the Preserve", they wrote in a Facebook post.

Authorities said they used male pythons that were equipped with radio transmitters in an effort to track researchers to breeding females. "The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby".

While the Burmese python stems from Asia, the big snakes have become common-place in Florida.

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The largest one was over 18 feet long and weighed more than 100 pounds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The climate and the swamps outside of Miami provide the pythons with the ideal habitat to thrive.

About 1,600 people registered for the 2013 inaugural Python Challenge, which was organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

CNN reported that around 100,000 pythons are living in the vast swamps outside Miami and these snakes are considered as serious threats to native wildlife. Not only did her size break records, she also had a record number of eggs. Her "boyfriend", as many outlets reported, is what led the hunters to the expectant mother. The searchers, however, managed to find only 68 snakes.

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