A team of researchers recently discovered the largest Burmese python ever caught in Florida while on a visit to a male snake. According to the researchers, his last meal was a whole white-tailed deer, BBC informed of.
The female Burmese python, which weighed 215 pounds (98 kg) and measured over 18 feet (5 meters), was captured after researchers deployed a male “scout” to locate her.
The Conservation of Southwest Florida said in a news release that she had 122 developing eggs during her capture.
According to local media reports on Wednesday, the female python fought with researchers for about 20 minutes before being tamed.
According to CBS NewsThe team tracked the python’s movements, mating habits and habitat use with the help of radio transmitters implanted in male “scout” snakes, said Ian Bartozek, a wildlife biologist and the program’s environmental science project manager.
When the Burmese female python was killed, she stood around the height of a giraffe, Mr. Bartozek continued.
In an area in the western Everglades, the team used a scout snake named Dionysus or Dione. She was hiding in the Florida Everglades wilderness when researchers found her.
The male dragon, Dion, stopped in the western part of the forest. “We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the greatest woman ever,” Mr Bartozek said.
The largest male python ever found was found to be 16 feet and 140 lbs but the female python is estimated to have lived up to 20 years when caught, BBC informed of.
Researchers have been hunting pythons for more than ten years, in an effort to save local species in the Florida state ecosystem.