Massive 17-foot python with 73 eggs captured in south Florida preserve

US Researchers Capture 17-Foot-Long Python Using Tracking Devices

Big Cypress National Preserve says on its Facebook page that one of the males was nearby the massive female python.

"Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females", the Facebook statement said.

This latest find was possible after the Big Cypress' rangers used new tracking technology.

She was captured after officials said pythons had to be rounded-up to stop their numbers getting out of control. While studies have shown populations of raccoons have dropped by 99.3 per cent, opossums by 98.9 per cent and bobcats by 87.5 per cent in the areas of the Everglades where pythons have been established longest.

"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 park said in its post.

Researchers have captured what they are calling the largest python to ever be removed from the Big Cypress National Preserve.

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In recent decades, the big snakes have become a menace in Florida.

The pythons pose significant threats to native wildlife.

In 2013, a snake collector in the state discovered the largest python on record there, measuring 18 feet 8 inches.

The Burmese python is native to Asia and came to inhabit the swampy lands of South Florida after people released pet pythons into the wild, reported CBS News.

Python hunters are said to have caught more than 1,850 of the snakes in the area after they started to wreak havoc on Florida's ecosystem.

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