Tracking male pythons leads hunters to massive pregnant Burmese python

Gargantuan 17-foot python with 73 eggs captured at Florida animal preserve

This female was over 17 feet long weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs

The "new approach" that led to the capture of this enormous python involves outfitting male pythons with radio transmitters. The picture posted on Facebook shows it took four people to hold up the behemoth.

The snakes have no natural predators in Florida and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said they have contributed to "drastic declines" of midsized mammals.

Rangers from the Cypress National Reserve say that new research and tracking technology made the discovery possible.

The python captured in the U.S. state of Florida weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.

While this latest find is impressive, it's not the biggest python to have been discovered in the Florida Everglades.

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"Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females", the statement said.

A 17-foot-long female python weighing 140 pounds (63 Kg) was captured at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades, making it the largest python ever removed from the preserve.

The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate flawless for pythons to hide and thrive.

Florida has used other methods to manage the python population, including encouraging the humane killing of pythons on private property and at 22 wildlife management areas, including Big Cypress. The searchers found only 68 snakes. The female python that wildlife officials found last week contained 73 developing eggs.

The snakes began turning up in the Everglades in the 1980s, most likely abandoned by pet owners when the reptiles got too large to handle.

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