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A Burmese python measuring over five metres long and weighing 63 kilograms has been removed from the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.
Scientists in Big Cypress National Park have recently implemented a new method of tracking the pythons by attaching radio transmitters to male snakes and allowing them to lead the way to breeding females.
The record Burmese python was a female that contained 73 developing eggs.
A Facebook post from the rangers at the national park stated that all of the "python work at Big Cypress is focused on controlling this invasive species, which poses significant threats to native wildlife."
The Burmese python is naturally found throughout India, Vietnam, China and the Indonesian islands. However, the snakes have established a non-native breeding population in Florida after being introduced to the wild by exotic pet owners who found the pet too overwhelming to care for.
The python population in Florida was also boosted by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the US. The storm tore roofs off exotic wildlife breeding facilities in the Everglades region, allowing pythons to escape in large numbers.
The establishment of the python population has proved devastating for local wildlife, with reports from the US Geological Survey stating that after Hurricane Andrew, populations of raccoons and opossums dropped 99 percent in the Everglades.
State wildlife officials estimate that there are as many as 100,000 Burmese pythons thriving in the swamps surrounding Miami.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourage the public to get involved in the control of the python by sending reports to the Commission of pythons' locations or by directly removing the snakes from the wild through hunting.
There are no restrictions for the killing of non-native species in the US beyond animal cruelty laws and general prohibitions.