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Massive python found in South Florida wildlife preserve

Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 10:04:45-04

OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials at a South Florida wildlife preserve say they've captured the largest python ever found in the park.

Officials say they found the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve.

The python had 73 developing eggs.

Wildlife managers were using male pythons attached with radio transmitters to track down breeding females in an effort to remove the invasive snakes.

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