Researchers are showing off a giant python captured at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida’s Everglades and calling it a new record.
The team of researchers posted a photo of the beast on the national preserve’s Facebook page said the female python was over 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds, and contained 73 developing 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,” the post reads.
Big Cypress researchers explained that they have been using male pythons with radio transmitters that allow them to track the male to locate breeding females. The team not only removes the invasive snakes but collects data to learn how the pythons are using the preserve.
The team tracked a male with the transmitter and found the record female nearby.
“All of the python work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife,” the group said in the Facebook post.