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Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs

Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs

"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", Big Cypress National Preserve said in a Facebook post.

In order to track down female pythons, researchers outfit male pythons with radio transmitters.

It also noted the 140-pound snake was carrying more than 70 developing eggs - so, in effect, the capture helped eliminate 74 pythons from the Everglades.

Big Cypress National Preserve says on its Facebook page that one of the males was nearby the massive female python.

In this instance, it led the hunters to a record-breaking snake.

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The python research done at Big Cypress is focused on controlling the invasive species, believed to have entered the area when pet snakes escaped from or were released from their homes, according to the preserve's website.

They said their teams had been able to remove several other breeding females from the same area in recent months in partnership with the US Geological Survey.

The National Park Services defines invasive species as "having the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside their natural range".

In December 2017, Florida snake hunters made a then-record setting catch in the Everglades when python hunter Jason Leon captured a 17-foot Burmese python at Big Cypress. In their native lands, the snakes commonly reach 18 feet and can exceed 20 feet.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission allows for Burmese pythons to be killed without a permit or hunting license.