Slithering at 17 feet long, scientists have captured a female python in what they believe is the biggest python ever in the US. The pregnant python captured in the US Big Cypress National Preserve, located in South Florida reportedly weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.
The reptile which was posted by the team of four researchers on their Big Cypress Facebook page Friday is calling the catch a record.
The behemoth, according to Tampa Bay Times was caught using male pythons equipped with radio transmitters, which, they say, “allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females.”
“She is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve — and she was caught because of research and a new approach to finding pythons,” the environmental group said.
The goal is to remove the invasive snakes and to also collect data for research that will help Big Cypress develop new removal tools and learn the pythons’ habits.
“All of the python work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife,” the group said on its Facebook post as they stand clutching the giant python as they stood apart from one another, arms outstretched.