Snake's 'boyfriend’ leads hunters to largest python in Florida Everglades

Snake's 'boyfriend’ leads hunters to largest python in Florida Everglades

Snake's 'boyfriend’ leads hunters to largest python in Florida Everglades

The record setting python is held by a team of four hunters who captured the largest female snake at Big Cypress National Preserve.

In 2014, engineers in the Everglades stumbled upon a Burmese python measuring more than 18 feet long during a routine inspection of levees. It also noted the 140-pound snake was carrying more than 70 developing eggs - so, in effect, the capture helped eliminate 74 pythons from the Everglades.

Officials said the python is the largest to ever be removed from the Big Cypress National Preserve and was caught thanks to new research.

According to a post on the preserve's Facebook page, the team used the technique to not only remove the snakes but to collect data for research, develop new removal tools and learn how the reptiles are using the preserve.

The pythons pose significant threats to native wildlife.

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Florida's warm, subtropical climate and the Everglades' abundance of edible wildlife provided a flawless environment for the snakes to flourish.

State wildlife officials estimate there are as many as 100,000 pythons living in the vast swamps outside Miami.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission allows for Burmese pythons to be killed without a permit or hunting license. The searchers found only 68 snakes. The searchers found only 68 snakes. Pet owners either release them on goal when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state.

In 2017, a $175,000 pilot program was launched by the South Florida Water Management District under in which 25 hunters were paid to euthanize pythons.

Some pet pythons also might have escaped from a breeding facility destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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