17 foot long, 140 pound giant python captured!

US Researchers Capture 17-Foot-Long Python Using Tracking Devices

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

"The team tracked one of the sentinel males with the transmitter and found this massive female nearby", a social media post about the removal says.

Researchers have captured what they are calling the largest python to ever be removed from the Big Cypress National Preserve. It also noted the 140-pound snake was carrying more than 70 developing eggs - so, in effect, the capture helped eliminate 74 pythons from the Everglades.

A colossal python catch was made over the weekend at Big Cypress National Preserve that broke records.

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The males then lead researchers to breeding grounds, where they usually find females.

Officials said this is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve and that it was caught using radio transmitters. Pythons are native to Southeast Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

Snake hunters trying to rid the Florida Everglades of invasive Burmese pythons used a new method to make a record-breaking catch.

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"The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develops new removal tools, and learns how the pythons are using the preserve". Rita Garcia, a spokesperson for the Big Cypress National Preserve, said the eggs were destroyed and the snake was euthanized.

They said their teams had been able to remove several other breeding females from the same area in recent months in partnership with the US Geological Survey.

The invasive species are numerous and lethal - they kill animals and birds by squeezing them until they pass out.

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The Burmese python has become a major threat to local wildlife populations in the Florida Everglades and surrounding areas.

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