NAPLES, Fla. — A record-breaking Burmese python found in the Everglades is now the largest recorded of its species found in Florida, the Southwest Florida Conservancy announced Wednesday.
Officials said the female python was nearly 18 feet long, weighed 215 pounds and was found with 122 eggs developing in her stomach.
Biologists have used “snake snakes” to find the oversized python in action by implanting radio transmitters in male snakes to help wildlife officials understand patterns and movements of the animal.
“How to find a needle in the bottom of a tank? You can use a magnet, and in the same way, our male predatory snakes are attracted to the biggest females around,” says Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and manager environmental science project of the Southwest Florida Conservancy.
Reconnaissance snakes led biologists to discover the largest present-day Burmese python in Florida history.
The Burmese python is an invasive species in Florida and is known for its ability to rapidly reproduce and deplete native wildlife, officials said.
“The removal of female pythons plays an important role in disrupting the reproductive cycle of the atop predators that are ravaging the Everglades ecosystem and taking food from native species,” said Bartoszek. other.
Since 2013, the Conservancy has removed more than 1,000 pythons from southwest Florida.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Burmese pythons can be humanely killed on private lands at any time with the permission of the landowner and without a permit.