Florida’s Largest Burmese Python Discovered In Everglades

The Burmese Python is 18 feet in length and weighs nearly 215 pounds.

When researchers heard a ruffle in the neighboring woods, they discovered the astounding discovery. The fact that this beast, which was about the size of a shipping container, had its final meal shortly before it perished was, however, arguably the most intriguing aspect of the situation.

A group of researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida made a startling discovery when they came across a scene that it is quite probable they will never forget when they were deep within the Florida Everglades. The three members of the team were astonished to see the largest Burmese python they had ever seen just a few feet away from them.

The scientists didn’t make the discovery public until this past Tuesday, despite the fact that they had the snake in their possession back in December. The announcement came after National Geographic just published an exclusive report on the python.

This Burmese python is said to have set a new record for the largest invasive species to be captured in the state of Florida, according to the conservancy. The previous record for the heaviest python, set in 2016, was only 140 pounds. The roughly 18-foot long python measured around the size of a shipping container and weighed a whopping 215 pounds. And that is not the only record held by snakes in the Sunshine State; this female python was also pregnant and was carrying 122 eggs at the time of her capture.

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Biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley were members of the team who successfully trapped the python. The team was managed by Ian Bartoszek, who manages environmental scientific projects. The group uses male snakes, which they call “scout snakes,” to discover female snakes. Scout snakes are often smaller than female snakes and easier to find than other snakes. The group will be able to find the female snakes if they follow the scout snakes as they search for a potential partner.

During the month of December, the group was searching for one of the scout snakes named Dion when they heard a rustling sound coming from the brush nearby. The group was looking for the source of the disturbance when they came across the python, which was substantially larger than Dion. Without missing a beat, all three of them jumped on the incredibly enormous snake to secure it.

Easterling reported on Wednesday during a news conference that the team was able to successfully transport the snake back to the truck after spending around twenty minutes battling with it.

Easterling stated that the snake “put up a pretty good fight,” adding that she coiled her tail into a ball and attempted to strike the team. “She put up a fairly strong fight,” Easterling wasn’t as fortunate as Findley, the intern, and got smacked in the face with the python’s tail, but Findley was able to avoid being bitten by the snake.

The discovery of the first python weighing one hundred pounds, which was at the time regarded to be on the larger end of the scale, took place in 2014 and left Bartoszek and his crew in a state of astonishment. Two years later, in 2004, the group found a Burmese python that weighed 140 pounds and held the record for being the largest of its type ever found in the state of Texas — until just recently.

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“We don’t really consider pythons huge until they top 100 pounds,” Bartoszek said. “So now I need a new description for a 200-pound python.” [Citation needed] “We don’t really consider pythons big until they top 100 pounds.” “This is the next level for us to reach.”

Since almost a decade ago, the conservancy has been monitoring and catching pythons in the Everglades in order to safeguard the natural species that live there. The fact that Bartoszek and his team are in a position to capture and investigate these one-of-a-kind animals enables them to have a better understanding of the possible population of these pythons in the wild as well as the foods that make up their diet.

Researchers from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have estimated that there are tens of thousands of pythons living in Florida.

When asked how old the snake was, Bartoszek responded by explaining that the primary factor in Burmese python growth is not necessarily age but rather the amount of food they consume. Researchers are looking through the contents of the big python’s stomach to establish the snake’s nutrition. According to Bartoszek, the process of studying the massive python is similar to investigating a crime scene.

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Bartoszek said that most pythons are big-game hunters and that the last thing this animal ate was a white-tailed deer.

And this isn’t the first time a python has eaten a deer. In fact, since pythons took over the Everglades, the number of white-tailed deer has been going down. Because the python ate too many white-tailed deer, the population of Florida panthers, which also ate white-tailed deer, dropped and is now considered endangered.

The Burmese pythons, which are native to Southeast Asia, have undergone genetic modification in order to thrive in their new home in the Everglades of Florida. According to the government, removing the pythons from the Everglades is a significant task.

According to DeSantis, more than three million dollars have been contributed to the effort to remove pythons from Florida. Contractors have been putting money from the state into the development of more effective instruments and technology for locating huge snakes in order to remove more pythons in a more time-effective manner.

DeSantis was quoted as saying, “The Everglades is, of course, an environment that is diverse, and we are conserving this ecosystem in a variety of different ways.”

According to DeSantis, “This Challenge Allows the Public to Engage Directly and Hands-Only in the Restoration of the Everglades.” “Not only will you be helping the community, but you also have a chance to win some cool goodies!”

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