We may have to take a giant flamethrower and cut our losses with Florida. It was bad enough with all of the Florida Man shenanigans, but monster snakes is on another level. Don’t worry, we’ve got another Disney theme park in California.
Scientists captured a gargantuan Burmese python in South Florida and the creature is so enormous that it broke a record. The female python found in the Florida Everglades is more than 17 feet long and weighed over 140 pounds. As if this wasn’t terrifying enough, this massive snake has 73 eggs that could grow to be 73 colossal Burmese pythons.
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Researchers found the massive python at the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is a 729,000-acre swampland west of Miami in South Florida. On Friday, the researchers shared a photo of the huge animal on the preserve’s Facebook page. As you can see, it took four researchers to hold up the python.
“Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females,” their statement says. “The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develops new removal tools and learns how the pythons are using the Preserve.”
State wildlife officials estimate there are as many as 100,000 pythons living in the huge swamps west of Miami. Pythons pose significant threats to native wildlife so state nature organizations take steps to make sure the apex predators don’t take over the environment.
Only a couple of months ago, another 17-foot-long python was found in Florida. This was just one of the 1,859 invasive snakes that were collected by the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program.
Sorry Florida, we can’t take a chance of an army of 74 giant snakes invading the rest of the United States.
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