Florida A team of biologists recently captured the heaviest Burmese python on record in Florida, officials said.
The female specimen weighed 215 pounds and was about 18 feet long. In addition, the dragon There were 122 developing eggsreported the Southwest Florida Organization of Preservation in a press release.
The team used radio transmitters implanted in male “scouts” to study the python’s movements, reproductive behavior and habitat use.Told Ian BartoszckiWildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the Conservation Program.
“How do you find a needle in a haystack? You can use a magnet. Similarly, our scout men were drawn to the big women in the field,” Bartoszek said.
The team used a man named Dionysus in an area in the western Everglades.
“We knew it was for a reason, and the team found it with the greatest woman ever.”
biologist Ian Easterling and trainees Kyle Findley They assisted in capturing the woman and escorting her out of the swamp to the field vehicle.
During the autopsy, hooves were found in the snake’s digestive tract, meaning an adult white-tailed deer was its last meal.
National Geographic documented the discovery, highlighting the continuing impact of invasive pythons, which are known for their rapid reproduction and decimation of the native wildlife around them.
Bartozek said removing female pythons is important to stop the breeding cycle.
“This is the wildlife problem of our time in South Florida”blessed Assurance.
Since the Conservancy’s python program began in 2013, More than 1,000 specimens have been extracted from an area of about 100 square miles. in Southwest Florida.
In that time, carcasses have uncovered dozens of white-tailed deer inside the Burmese python. Researchers at the University of Florida have documented 24 species of mammals, 47 species of birds and two species of reptiles in the abdomen of pythons.
Before the recent discovery, the largest python ever caught in the Conservancy’s program weighed 185 pounds, the heaviest ever caught in Florida at the time, according to officials.
The statewide python removal program takes place over two weeks in August. Participants compete for prizes, including $2,500 for the one who catches the most specimens.
Over 600 people from 25 states took part in last year’s challenge.