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'Largest python ever' captured in US: It's 18 feet long, weighs 98 kg and has 122 eggs

The female Burmese python is considered to be an invasive species in Florida, researches said.

June 23, 2022 / 03:08 PM IST
To capture it, researchers had to wrestle with the ginormous snake for 20 minutes. (Image credit: @Joshuajered/Twitter)

To capture it, researchers had to wrestle with the ginormous snake for 20 minutes. (Image credit: @Joshuajered/Twitter)


A team of US researchers captured the largest Burmese python ever discovered in the state, Florida officials announced on Thursday.

The female serpent, is almost 18 feet long and weighed about 98 kg, according to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. This species is considered to be an invasive one in Florida, researchers said.

To capture it, researchers had to wrestle with the ginormous snake for 20 minutes, reported New York Post. It was then left in a freezer until April this year.

During examination, the snake was found to have 122 eggs in its abdomen. With this the python broke another record for the most eggs female python can produce in a breeding cycle, the publication stated.

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Moreover, researchers also found “hoof cores” inside the snake’s stomach indicating that it's last meal was a white tailed deer.

Read more: Snake bites man in the butt as he sat playing video game on toilet

But how was this Burmese python found?

The wildlife biologists revealed that they used a unique research programme that uses radio transmitters implanted in male snakes to lead them to breeding grounds where “large, reproductive females” can be removed to stop their eggs from hatching in the wild.

Speaking about this process, Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the Conservancy told New York Post, “How do you find the needle in the haystack? You could use a magnet, and in a similar way our male scout snakes are attracted to the biggest females around."

“The removal of female pythons plays a critical role in disrupting the breeding cycle of these apex predators that are wreaking havoc on the Everglades ecosystem and taking food sources from other native species,” he told the publication. “This is the wildlife issue of our time for southern Florida.”

 
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first published: Jun 23, 2022 03:04 pm
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