18ft record python finally caught – after eating whole deer

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The largest Burmese python ever found in Florida is 18 feet long and mocked an entire deer for its last meal.

It took a 20-minute wrestling match for a team of wildlife biologists from Florida, USA to capture the biggest snake they had ever seen and bring it in for study.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced Thursday that the 15th “invasive” snake living in the state’s Everglades was captured in December but kept in a freezer until April.

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A necropsy of the python contained 122 eggs developing inside, breaking the record for the most eggs a female python is known to have produced in one breeding cycle, according to the Conservancy.

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122 eggs were found inside the python

The organization added that it had found “hoof trunks” in the snake’s stomach, which remained evidence that the beast was munching on a white-tailed deer before it was caught.

When preying on deer, the python was eating the natural prey of the endangered Florida panther – a problem which helped inspire the conservation python removal program in 2013.

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Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the Conservancy, said: “The removal of female pythons plays a critical role in disrupting the reproductive cycle of these predatory apex predators. havoc in the Everglades ecosystem and taking food sources from other natives. species.



Eliminating the beast was a massive victory for the Conservancy
Eliminating the beast was a massive victory for the Conservancy

“It’s the wildlife problem of our time for South Florida.”

So far, the Conservancy has eliminated more than 1,000 pythons in a 100 square mile area off southwest Florida using a tracker implanted in male “scout” snakes.

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Ian added, “These efforts are important in fulfilling our mission to protect Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life by reducing the overall impact on our native wildlife populations.

“How do you find the needle in the haystack? You can use a magnet, and similarly our male scout snakes are attracted to larger females around.”

The strategy is to follow scout snakes, which will lead biologists to breeding grounds where “large breeding females” can be removed to prevent eggs from hatching in the wild.

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