A nationwide park in Florida has captured a document 17ft (5.2m) python utilizing an modern method to tackling the invasive species.
The feminine snake, the biggest ever to be faraway from Huge Cypress Nationwide Protect, weighed 140lb (63.5kg) and was carrying 73 growing eggs.
Pythons pose a significant menace to native wildlife within the state.
Researchers within the park monitor down breeding females by becoming male pythons with radio transmitters.
“The workforce tracked one of many sentinel males with the transmitter and located this large feminine close by,” the park stated on Fb.
In addition to eradicating invasive snakes, Huge Cypress says it makes use of every discovery to gather information for analysis, develop new elimination instruments and learn the way pythons are utilizing the realm.
The Burmese python has been thought-about an invasive species because it was first noticed in Florida’s Everglades within the 1980s.
The species is native to Asia however some pythons are believed to have been launched into the wild in Florida as overgrown pets, whereas others escaped from a breeding facility destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The snakes haven’t any pure predators in Florida and the USA Geological Survey (USGS) says they’ve contributed to “drastic declines” of midsized mammals.
Tens of hundreds of Burmese pythons are at the moment estimated to be dwelling in Florida’s Everglades.