NAPLES, Fla. – – A record-breaking Burmese python discovered within the Everglades is now the biggest documented of its species present in Florida, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida introduced Wednesday.
The feminine python measures almost 18 toes lengthy, weighs 215 kilos, and was discovered with 122 creating eggs in its stomach officers stated.
Biologists used “scout snakes” to seek out the outsized python which works by implanting radio transmitters into male snakes to assist wildlife officers perceive the patterns and motion of the animal.
“How do you discover the needle within the haystack? You would use a magnet, and in an identical manner our male scout snakes are drawn to the largest females round,” stated Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science venture supervisor for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
The scout snakes led biologists to the invention of the now largest Burmese python in Florida historical past.
The Burmese python is an invasive species in Florida and is thought for fast replica and depletion of native wildlife, officers stated.
“The elimination of feminine pythons performs a crucial function in disrupting the breeding cycle of those apex predators which are wreaking havoc on the Everglades ecosystem and taking meals sources from different native species,” Bartoszek stated.
Since 2013 the Conservancy has eliminated greater than 1,000 pythons from the southwest Florida space.
In keeping with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee, Burmese pythons will be humanely killed on non-public lands at any time with landowner permission and and not using a allow.