Gigantic 17-Foot Long Python Is Found In Florida – Takes Four Men To Hold 140 Pound Creature

A 140 pound female python measuring in at 17 feet in length has just been found in the Florida Everglades. The python is the largest snake to be caught at the Big Cypress National Preserve, and it took four men to hold her up for a photo.

“This female was over 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds, and contained 73 developing eggs,” the preserve wrote on Facebook. “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.”

“Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females,” the preserve continued. “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. The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby. All of the python work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife.”

This catch is certainly impressive, but believe it or not, this is not the largest snake to be captured in Florida. Back in 2014, a Burmese python measuring more than 18 feet long was caught during a routine inspection of levees. Even this creature came up six inches short of the state’s record. The largest snake ever to be found in Florida measured 18 feet 8 inches and was found by a snake collector in 2013.

Burmese pythons are known to be problematic invaders in the Florida Everglades because they eat indigenous species and their food sources, which has caused experts to fear that the predator snakes will fundamentally change the ecosystem. Things have gotten so bad that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is now allowing people to kill Burmese pythons without any permit or hunting license.

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