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Weird NewsA 17-foot-long python was found in Florida

08:10  08 april  2019
08:10  08 april  2019 Source:

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A 17-foot-long python was found in Florida © Big Cypress National Preserve/Facebook
  • A 17-foot-long python was found in Florida.
  • That's a pretty big snake!
  • The female reptile, which weighs 140 pounds, was found in the Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • This makes her the biggest snake to be found in the region.
  • At the time, she was carrying 73 eggs.

You've heard of snakes on a plane or even snakes in a basement, sure. But what about a snake the length of a pickup truck?

On Friday, Big Cypress National Preserve, a nature preserve in South Florida, announced that it captured a 17-foot-long python that weighed 140 pounds. The female reptile is the largest to have been removed from that region.

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In a photo announcing the capture of the snake that was posted to Facebook, it took four men to hoist the animal in the air.

The same Facebook post said officials used a new method track this snake.

"Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females," the post explained.

According to USA Today, this snake was carrying 73 eggs when it was found, which is something to think about.

Burmese pythons typically grow to between 16 and 23 feet in length and up to 200 pounds, according to National Geographic.

On Facebook, the Big Cypress National Preserve described the nature of the work it does related to invasive species, including pythons.

"The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develop new removal tools, and learn how the pythons are using the Preserve," the post said. "The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby. All of the python work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife."

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The snake was secured by a National Parks and Wildlife representative who was alerted by a local farmer and has been placed in the care of a reptile specialist . Experts say that the snake, which has been named 'Sammi' by rescuers, is "hanging in there" but may not pull through after being exposed to an environment it is not used to. Burmese Pythons can grow as long as 23 feet and are native to the jungles of Southeast Asia. ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “In addition to the potentially illegal release of a non-native species, there are numerous possible offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

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