Trappers nab record-setting python

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Python Action Team members Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez captured the 18-foot 4-inch 98-pound 10-ounce female on Sept. 22 2019. at Big Cypress National Preserve

Trappers nab record-setting python

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the capture of an 18 foot, 4 inch female Burmese python at Big Cypress National Preserve.

In this September 22, 2019 photo from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida trappers Jonathan Lopez, left, and Cynthia Downer pose with a record-setting python they captured at the Big Cypress National Preserve, west of Miami, Fla.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday their "Python Action Team" made a recording-breaking catch late last month.

"Removing 900 pythons is a great milestone for our Python Action Team!"

In other important snake news, the agency also announced that the Python Action Team has now captured a grand total of 900 invasive Burmese pythons, which have absolutely decimated Florida wildlife over the last 25 years. The female snake was discovered in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Last month, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board chose to double its number of paid snake hunters, and agreed to work towards opening up hunting access to more state and federal lands.

Two people recently caught an enormous Burmese python in Florida and it's actually the stuff of nightmares.

FWC officials say catching female pythons is critical because it prevents them from laying 30 to 60 eggs. The snake weighed 98 pounds, 10 ounces.

"With leadership from Governor Ron DeSantis, we are committed to working with our partners including the South Florida Water Management District and the National Park Service to accomplish our goal of removing pythons from our lovely state", Sutton said.

FWC has programs in place that allow the public to help eradicate the pythons. It is illegal to release nonnative species into the wild, doing so can negatively impact native wildlife and habitat.

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