The snake is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, a 729,000-acre expanse of swampland west of Miami in South Florida, according to a statement Friday on the preserve's Facebook page. "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", they wrote in a Facebook post. "The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby".
It shows a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the very big snake.
In this instance, it led the hunters to a record-breaking snake.
The snakes have no natural predators in Florida and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said they have contributed to "drastic declines" of midsized mammals.
Burmese pythons caught in Florida are often 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) long, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The climate and the swamps outside of Miami provide the pythons with the flawless habitat to thrive.
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.More news: Kacey Musgraves ends Miranda Lambert’s ACM winning streak
Rangers from the Cypress National Reserve say that new research and tracking technology made the discovery possible.
Still, this latest find is impressive.
Florida holds competitions in order to encourage hunters to remove these snakes and keep a check on their population.
The python had 73 developing eggs.
The Burmese python is native to Southeast Asia and was introduced to Florida in the 1990s, when people released their overgrown pets into the wild.