Gigantic 16-foot Burmese Python Found in Florida During Removal Efforts

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By Maria Gabriela Méndez | PulseHeadlines.com | Photo credit: News1130

Biologist Ian Bartoszek from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Paul Andreadis from Denison University have teamed up for the last three years to study python habits and catch never studied species.

The team of researchers studying what they call “snitch snakes” were able to investigate the reptiles thanks to radio trackers on them. Giving the team the opportunity to study, Florida’s top predators in their daily habits.

Researchers in the look for Burmese pythons in Florida’s Collier County have bagged more than 2,000 pounds of snakes and have found a 16 feet and 140-pound python. The newly found reptile sets a new state record for the largest male snake caught.

Biologist Ian Bartoszek from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Paul Andreadis from Denison University have teamed up for the last three years to study python habits and catch never studied species.

The team of researchers studying what they call “snitch snakes” were able to investigate the reptiles thanks to radio trackers on them. Giving the team the opportunity to study, Florida’s top predators in their daily habits.

Pythons have become a great threat to Florida’s ecological landscape, most of them have ended up in the wild because pet owners release them or they were able to escape from breeding facilities. The outbreak has resulted in well-camouflaged reptiles hiding in leaves, everglades or roads.

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2017-10-25T17:06:21+00:00April 4th, 2016|Python Challenge 2016|0 Comments

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