Snake hunters have captured what they say is the largest python ever found in the swamps of the Florida Everglades: a pregnant female more than 17ft (5.2 â¦ Snake hunters trying to rid the Florida Everglades of invasive Burmese pythons used a new method to make a record-breaking catch. FORT MYERS, Fla. â Less than a year after two state agencies decided to combine forces and remove invasive snakes from the Everglades, contractors caught a record number of Burmese pythonsâ¦ That is to say, the state of Florida will pay hunters to take these snakes. Close up of a Burmese python, courtesy of the Florida Fish & Wildlife, photo by Kevin Enge. Considered a âsuper-snakeâ the Burmese python is a perfect threat to the delicate balance of the Everglades because of its immunity, breeding success and camouflage and diet. The Everglades is a slippery swamp of snakes, and wildlife officials recently captured their 5,000th Burmese python, reported CNN. Florida wildlife officials announced last week that 5,000 invasive Burmese pythons have been removed from the delicate Everglades ecosystem since setting up elimination programs three years ago. Less than a year after two state agencies decided to combine forces and remove invasive snakes from the Everglades, contractors caught a record number of Burmese pythons. A record number of Burmese pythons have been removed from the Florida Everglades a year after two state agencies combined efforts to combat the invasive species. Starting in March 2017, the Python Elimination Program incentivizes a limited number of public-spirited individuals to humanely euthanize these destructive snakes, which have become an apex predator in the Everglades. The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board is taking aggressive action to protect the Everglades and eliminate invasive pythons from its public lands. Latest Florida News. The pythons have feasted on the Evergladesâ mammals, devastating populations of marsh rabbits, raccoons and opossums and even taking down full-grown deer. Faced with an unrelenting spread of invasive Burmese pythons that have mostly wiped out marsh rabbits, bobcats and other small mammals, Everglades National Park is doing something for the first time in its 70-year history: opening park borders to paid hunters. A team at Big Cypress National Preserve caught a 17 â¦ FORT MYERS, Fla.. (AP) â Less than a year after two state agencies decided to combine forces and remove invasive snakes from the Everglades, contractors caught a record number of Burmese pythons. Burmese pythons were first reported as established in Everglades National Park in 2000, according to research reported by the University of Florida.
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