According to a reserve in southwestern Florida, an 18-foot, 215-pound Burmese python was captured in Florida, and biologists say it set a state record for weight as one of the most troublesome invaders in the United States.
A non-profit conservation group announced its findings on Thursday, June 22, reporting that women also had record numbers of eggs. There were 122 eggs in the abdomen.
According to data from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the average is 50-100 eggs per clutch.
For size comparison, the Burmese python was caught Florida averages 6-9 feet. However, about 18 feet is considered a record of state length. The snake’s weight was not provided by the state.
A giant £ 215 snake was discovered using a program that captures a male python, adapts it to a radio transmitter, and tracks its movements, according to Conservancy officials. These “scout snakes” lead researchers to “large breeding females” and their nests.
“How do you find a needle in a haystack? You can also use a magnet. In a similar way, male scout snakes are attracted to the largest females around them,” said a wildlife conservation biologist. Ian Bartoszek said in a news release.
“This season, we tracked a male scout snake named Dionysus, or Dion, to the western part of the Everglades, where he visited frequently for several weeks. We’re there because of him. I knew, and the team found him with the biggest woman we’ve ever seen. “
The surprising number of eggs found in females “sets new limits on the maximum number of eggs a female python can potentially lay,” conservatives report.
Autopsy of female snakes also revealed that the last meal was an adult white-tailed deer, protection officials said. According to data from the University of Florida, pythons are known to consume “24 species of mammals, 47 species of birds, and 2 species of reptiles.”
“The removal of female pythons plays a key role in disrupting the reproductive cycle of these apex predators, which disrupt the Everglades ecosystem and deprive other native species of food sources. “Baltshek said. “This is a wildlife issue in our time in southern Florida.”
The Conservancy Python program dates back to 2013 and is said to have removed 1,000 pythons from 100 square miles in southwestern Florida. The broader mission focuses on the environmental issues of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendery and Glaze counties.
National Park Service officials report the first removal of Python Everglades appeared in 1979.. Snakes are believed to have been brought in through exotic pet transactions when pets fled or were released by their owners.
As the threat to the environment grows, Florida has established a program that allows it to “humanely kill” pythons, FWC says.