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Researchers last week captured and killed the largest Burmese python to be removed from Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades, according to wildlife officials.

It was also revealed by Big Cypress that the snake was euthanized, and all the 73 eggs that were laid by the deadly snake were destroyed as well, adding that the python was caught as a result of research and new methods of capturing 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", FWC officials wrote in a statement on Facebook announcing the catch.

Researchers in the park track down breeding females by fitting male pythons with radio transmitters. "The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby".

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While this latest find is impressive, it's not the biggest python to have been discovered in the Florida Everglades. The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate ideal for pythons to hide and thrive, CNN reported.

To control their population, the state even holds competitions encouraging people to remove as many of them as possible, according to CNN. Pet owners either release them on goal when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state. Not only did her size break records, she also had a record number of eggs.

Florida is in the midst of a python problem, with the reptile becoming an ongoing threat to other wildlife in the area.

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world. The searchers found only 68 snakes.


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