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Researchers with the ‘Big Cypress National Preserve’ have captured the largest ever python removed from the Preserve. This female was over 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds, and contained 73 developing eggs.

She was captured using a new approach to finding pythons. This new method uses male pythons that have been fitted with radio transmitters and allows researchers to track the male as they seek breeding females. Researchers then remove the invasive snakes. The data collected using the radio transmitters helps develop new removal tools and helps in learning how the pythons are using the Preserve.

All of the python research work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife.

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