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Florida researchers capture 5.2 metre-long python using tracking devices

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress Gigantic 17-Foot-Long Female Python Captured in Everglades' Big Cypress National Preserve
Sandra Phillips | 08 April, 2019, 11:28

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 Big Cypress National Preserve, located in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida, posted the news about the python's capture on its Facebook page Friday.

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

A 17-foot-long female python was pulled from Florida's Everglades last week, and was caught after researchers followed the signals of male pythons equipped with radio transmitters, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

This latest find was possible after the Big Cypress' rangers used new tracking technology.

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The snakes were banned from importation for the pet trade in 2012, but the US Geological Survey website says tens of thousands of pythons are estimated to be present in the Everglades. This helps them to locate breeding females.

In a first, scientists have captured a female python that was more than 17-feet-long.

The snake, measuring at 18 feet 2 inches, fell short of the state record by 6 inches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Once female pythons are found, they are removed from the area in order to control the invasive species, since they could be threatening to native wildlife.

Python hunters are said to have caught more than 1,850 of the snakes in the area after they started to wreak havoc on Florida's ecosystem.

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