Scientists capture the biggest python ever found in US

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

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, CNN reported on Sunday citing a statement on the preserve's Facebook page.

In December 2017, snake hunter Jason Leon caught a 17-foot female Burmese python at Big Cypress that set a record.

Researchers said male pythons with implanted radio transmitters were actually used to track breeding females. "The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby". In 2013, over 1,600 people registered to hunt the snakes as part of the Python Challenge, organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The largest one was over 18 feet long and weighed more than 100 pounds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

While this latest find is impressive, it's not the biggest python to have been discovered in the Florida Everglades. The climate and the swamps outside of Miami provide the pythons with the ideal habitat to thrive.

The Burmese python has become a major threat to local wildlife populations in the Florida Everglades and surrounding areas.

The python had 73 developing eggs. Big Cypress' rangers credit research and new tracking technology with making it possible.

The state even holds hunting competitions in order to help control the snake population. Pet owners either release them on objective when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state. More snakes likely entered the area after Hurricane Andrew hit a python breeding facility in 1992.

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