Researchers have discovered the largest Burmese python ever seen in Florida after luring it out of its hiding place in the Everglades with another male python.
The giant python was a female, measuring nearly 5.4 meters long and weighing 97 kilograms – 13.6 kilograms heavier than the largest python ever found in the state. Most of the Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus) found in Florida are 1.8-3 meters long. According to scientists, in the species’ native habitat in Southeast Asia, Burmese pythons are usually up to 5.4 meters long, and large individuals can reach 6 meters or more in length.
Since being discovered in Florida in the 1970s, this invasive python has successfully reproduced in southern parts of the state. Their prey is usually native birds and mammals, as well as crocodiles or domestic dogs. Although larger than most Florida native species, the Burmese python is extremely difficult to spot in the vast marshes, woodlands, and subtropical forests of the Everglades and surrounding areas.
In an effort to reduce these invasive populations, the Southwestern Florida Conservancy’s python trackers, based in Naples, implanted GPS tracking devices inside the male pythons and then released them. into nature. According to National Geographic, these “reconnaissance pythons” will help lure breeding females out of hiding places.
Sarah Funck, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said: “Large breeding female pythons urgently need to be removed from these ecosystems because of their ability to breed. many disproportionate children”.