Florida python measuring nearly 18 feet and weighing 215 pounds sets new record

Using another python as bait, the Southwest Florida Conservatory captured almost 18 feet and 215 pounds burmese python; the largest ever seen in Florida.

Do not worry – Dionysus called Dionwho is a 12-foot-long scout snake, survived the encounter.

In December 2021, research noticed that Dion had posted himself in a particular location near Naples and when they went to check on the scout snake, they found it coiled up near a monstrous female.

After an intense wrestling match, researchers were able to capture the snake, later euthanize it, and perform an autopsy where they found a record 122 egg “follicles” – roughly spherical structures that transform into eggs once fertilized.

Burmese pythons are considered an invasive and prohibited species in Florida, which wildlife officials say poses a serious threat to Florida’s ecosystem.

“The removal of female pythons plays a critical role in disrupting the reproductive cycle of these apex predators that wreak havoc on the Everglades ecosystem and take food sources from other native species,” Ian Bartoszek, biologist wildlife and project manager for the Southwest Florida Conservancy, Fox35 told Fox35.

Every year the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) hosts the Florida Python Challenge – a 10-day event in August in which registered contestants hunt the python with the aim of removing them for cash prizes.

In 2021, the FWC reported that 223 pythons were removed from the Everglades during competition.

Photo: Southwest Florida Conservatory

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