Researchers remove largest female python from Big Cypress National Preserve

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

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

The researchers use male pythons that wear radio transmitters to locate breeding female pythons, Fox News reported.

The environmental group said: "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".

The team said it collects data, comes with new removal tools and learns about how the snakes are using the reserve.

Burmese pythons caught in Florida are often six to 10 feet long, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The female python that wildlife officials found last week contained 73 developing eggs. Some pythons grow as much as 20 feet long. Others escaped from a breeding facility wrecked by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Environmentalists have been struggling to find ways to eradicate Burmese pythons, a non-native species, from the 1.5m-acre wilderness since the 1980s, when some were released into the wild as overgrown pets.

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

Big Cypress posted a photo on Facebook showing four people holding the snake from its head to its tail.

Agencies responsible for managing the Everglades stage regular public python hunts and previous year recorded their 1,000th kill, by a hunter who bagged more than 100.

It is said to be the largest snake that has been caught since the program started.

Florida has used other methods to manage the python population, including encouraging the humane killing of pythons on private property and at 22 wildlife management areas, including Big Cypress.

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