- Snake hunters have caught a record-breaking Burmese python in the Florida Everglades.
- It is called a “monster of a snake” and measures a whopping 18 feet and 9 inches.
- The Burmese python is an invasive species in Florida, harming native animals that call the park home.
Snake hunters who worked to remove the thousands of invasive Burmese pythons that plagued the Florida Everglades just made a record-breaking capture. While the average Burmese python found in the Everglades ranges from 8 to 10 feet, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife officials, this latest catch is dubbed the “behemoth of a snake”
The previous record was made in 2013 with an 18-foot and 8-inch snake. “The removal of this giant Burmese python is a triumph for our native wildlife and habitats,” said FWC Commissioner Rodney Barreto in a press release.
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With the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program, volunteer snake trappers carefully look for the invasive species that have threatened native wildlife in the swampy area for years. The snakes are said to be one of the largest on the planet and have the ability to grow up to 20 feet in length.
The state has made it a mission to humanely remove them from the national park to preserve the Everglades’ fragile ecosystem, as the pythons like the area’s wildlife, including birds, small critters, and even alligators.
Trappers Ryan Anburn and Kevin Pavlidis, who both captured the colossal giant, are members of the FWC and SFWMD’s python elimination programs. Since the joint programs began, more than 5,000 invasive Burmese pythons have been wiped out from the wetlands.
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The Burmese python has made a long journey to the Sunshine State. According to the FWC, the home is in selected areas in China, India, on the Malay Peninsula and on some islands in the East Indies.
Officials say the large reptile is extremely popular in the pet trade because it is “more docile than other large non-native constrictions”. But since they can reach alarming lengths, pet owners have either released them into the wild or the snake somehow makes an escape. And there a woman can lie down 100 eggs At one time, it’s challenging to keep track of and contain them. (You guessed it: Burmese pythons are no longer allowed as pets in Florida. The only exception is if the snake was purchased before 2010.)
Although Burmese pythons are not poisonous, they can still pose a threat to humans and small pets. However, most human attacks usually take place between the owner and the snake.
If you’ve seen the invasive species in Florida, please call the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at (888) 483-4681.
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