Florida trappers snag record-setting python in Everglades
Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez came across a massive python on September 22 at Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida -- and they caught it. BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla. - Officials say Florida trappers have captured a record-setting python as part of a growing effort that encourages hunters to remove the invasive snakes from the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the 18-foot, 4-inch-long (5.58 meters-long) female python weighed 98 pounds and 10 ounces (45 kilograms). The agency says it is the second-largest python ever caught in the wild in Florida. The commission says hunting female Burmese pythons is critical because they add between 30 and 60 hatchlings each time they breed.
Massive 98-pound Burmese python captured in Florida
OCHOPEE, Florida (CNN) - What would you do if you encountered a 98-pound Burmese python while out on a hike in Florida? The captors are members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Python Action Team. The Python Action Team was created by the commission to lead python control efforts. These team members are paid to find and capture Burmese pythons in regions throughout south Florida. "Removing 900 pythons is a great milestone for our Python Action Team!"