Second largest python ever caught in Florida's wilderness subdued by duo

Elias Hubbard
October 9, 2019

Included in that haul is an 18-foot, 4-inch-long adult female Burmese python that weighed 98 pounds, 10 ounces, nabbed on September 22 at Big Cypress National Preserve. These team members are paid to find and capture Burmese pythons in regions throughout south Florida.

The 98-pound female python was captured by members of FWC's Python Action Team last month.

In addition to this big snake, FWC said their Python Action Team has now caught 900 of the invasive snakes.

The FWC's Python Action Team, set up to survey and if possible capture the invasive exotic species is separate from the South Florida Water Management District's python removal program, also established in early 2017.

Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez came across one on September 22 at Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida - and they caught it. They found her in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

The team has so far captured 900 pythons, the commission said. The snake weighed 98 pounds, 10 ounces. Last month, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board agreed to double the number of paid snake hunters employed, and also chose to work to open up hunting access to more state and federal lands. Also working on the python problem is the National Park Service.

The commission says hunting female Burmese pythons is critical because they add between 30 and 60 hatchlings each time they breed.

"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 handsome state", Sutton said. It is illegal to release nonnative species into the wild, doing so can negatively impact native wildlife and habitat.

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