Record 215-pound python, carrying 122 eggs, found in Florida Everglades: ‘It’s just next level for us’

A team of biologists recently caught the heaviest Burmese python ever caught in Florida, officials said.

The Conservation of Southwest Florida said in a news release that the invasive female python weighed 215 pounds, was about 18 feet long and contained 122 developing eggs.

Ian Bartozek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the conservation program, said, 

The team used radio transmitters implanted in male "scout" snakes to study python movements, reproductive behavior and habitat use.

How do you find a needle in a haystack? You can use a magnet,

"And that's how our male scout snakes are attracted to the biggest females around," Bartoszek said.

The team used a scout snake named Dionysus – or Dione – in an area in the western Everglades.

"We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the greatest woman ever."

Biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley help capture the female snake and carry it to the field truck through the woods.

The python weighed 215 pounds, was about 18 feet long and contained 122 developing eggs.

A team of biologists recently caught the heaviest Burmese python ever caught in Florida, officials said. 

The Conservation of Southwest Florida said in a news release that the invasive female

Ian Bartozek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the conservation program, said, 

The team used radio transmitters implanted in male "scout" snakes to study python movements, reproductive behavior and habitat use. 

"How do you find a needle in a haystack? You can use a magnet, and that's how our male scout snakes are attracted to the biggest females around," Bartoszek said. 

The team used a scout snake named Dionysus – or Dione – in an area in the western Everglades. 

"We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the greatest woman ever." 

Largest Burmese Python Ever Captured in Florida Everglades Had Hoofs in Stomach 

Biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley help capture the female snake and carry it to the field truck through the woods.

NBC 6's Steve Litz draws more attention to the state's efforts to help get rid of the invasive species. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis captured less than a week after announcing the upcoming 2022 Python Challenge in the Everglades.

The 10-day event will run from August 5 to August 14, with prizes awarded to the contestants who have caught the most and largest pythons. 

Will go Prizes include $2,500 for the most pythons caught and $1,500 for the longest caught. 

The phenomenon began as a way for hunters to help control the invasive Burmese python population in the Florida Everglades.

Over 600 people from 25 states participated in last year's challenge. 

National Geographic documented the discovery, highlighting the continuing impact of invasive pythons,

They are known for their rapid breeding and the lack of native wildlife nearby. 

Bartozek said the removal of female pythons plays an important role in disrupting the reproductive cycle.

Mike Kimmel is looking for a Burmese python to capture the Everglades. 

Kimmel contracts with the South Florida Water Management District's Python Eradication Program to capture the invasive species and reduce the population of Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

"This is the wildlife issue of our time for southern Florida," he said. 

Since the Conservancy's python program began in 2013, they have removed more than 1,000 pythons from about 100 square miles in southwest Florida.

On that section, carcasses have been found with dozens of white-tailed deer inside a Burmese python. 

Data researchers from the University of Florida have documented 24 species of mammals, 47 species of birds and 2 reptile species from the stomachs of pythons.

Officials said that before the recent discovery, the largest female ever removed through the conservation program weighed 185 pounds. 

And it was the heaviest python ever caught in Florida. 

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