This massive python just broke a record in the Florida Everglades

An Everglades record: largest female python captured in Big Cypress

A 17-foot-long female python weighing 140 pounds (63 Kg) was captured at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida's Everglades, making it the largest python ever removed from the preserve.

As well as removing invasive snakes, Big Cypress said it uses each discovery to collect data for research, develop new removal tools and learn how pythons are using the area.

The team said they caught the snake by tracking a "boyfriend" male snake that had been fitted with a radio transmitter.

Big Cypress National Preserve says on its Facebook page that one of the males was nearby the massive female.

It shows a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the enormous snake.

A record-breaking snake has been caught and removed from a national park in America.

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The snakes have no natural predators in Florida and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said they have contributed to "drastic declines" of midsized mammals.

The largest one was over 18 feet long and weighed more than 100 pounds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate ideal for pythons to hide and thrive.

State wildlife officials estimate there are as many as 100,000 pythons - which are native to Southeast Asia - living in the Florida swamps outside Miami.

To control their population, Florida holds competitions that encourages hunters to remove as many of them as possible. The pythons, an invasive species overrunning the Everglades, pose a significant risk to local wildlife. The searchers, however, managed to find only 68 snakes. Pet owners either release them on goal when they get too big, or by accident when hurricanes sweep through the state.

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