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A record-breaking search came out of Naples, Florida.

A team of conservation researchers in southwest Florida seized a 215-pound, 17.7-foot Burmese Python earlier this year.

Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and python project manager with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, told Fox News Digital how important it is to the Everglades area, the heaviest on the python record.

“This is the biggest snake we’ve ever caught,” he said.

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“And to the best of my knowledge, it’s the largest by weight in the Invasive Range in Florida.”

Bartoszek said he and his team – including biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley – could catch more than 200 pounds of snake.

Biologists Ian Bartoszek (right) and Ian Easterling (center) were pictured with intern Kyle Findley (left) and a 17.7-foot, 215-pound female Burmese python.  It was captured in December 2021 after tracking down a male scout snake in the Picayun Strand State Forest.

Biologists Ian Bartoszek (right) and Ian Easterling (center) were pictured with intern Kyle Findley (left) and a 17.7-foot, 215-pound female Burmese python. It was captured in December 2021 after tracking down a male scout snake in the Picayun Strand State Forest.
(Conservancy of Southwest Florida)

Then they stumbled upon this female python – which exceeded their expectations.

“We put it on a scale, we looked at the numbers and I think there was mass infidelity,” he said. “There’s some caking in the background – like ‘No Way’.”

“We know she’s big,” he said. “I think we didn’t realize she was that big.”

Eventually the python was pulled out of the woods and killed humanely.

The biologist recalls an early fight with a huge snake.

He explained that she “wrapped her weight around” and wrapped the end of her tail like a “fist” and swiped on Findley.

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“[She] I missed him, “said Bartoszzek.

“But Ian Easterling was on the other side – and she slapped him in the face with her tail to let him know about it. So, it’s fun.”

Biologists eventually dragged the python out of the woods and manually manipulated her so that it could be studied for future scientific research and preserved for educational purposes.

Researchers Ian Bartoszek (left), Ian Easterling (center) and Intern Kyle Findley (right) transported a record-breaking 215-pound, 17.7-foot-tall female Burmese python to their lab in Naples, Florida.  And the photo was taken.

Researchers Ian Bartoszek (left), Ian Easterling (center) and Intern Kyle Findley (right) transported a record-breaking 215-pound, 17.7-foot-tall female Burmese python to their lab in Naples, Florida. And the photo was taken.
(Photo by National Geographic, Maggie Steber)

“She’s really the next level snake,” he said. “We have a lot of respect for these animals.”

In addition to breaking records for this Burmese Python weight, the snake has a total of 122 developing eggs – most of which are non-native, Bartoszek said.

“That’s a record.”

Deck core remains were extracted from the snake’s interior – indicating that she had eaten too much of the adult white-tailed deer as her last meal.

Researcher Ian Bartoszek sifted through dozens of proto eggs during an autopsy on the largest female Burmese python ever found in Florida.  The team counted 122 of these "follicles", another record-breaking one.

Researcher Ian Bartoszek sifted through dozens of proto eggs during an autopsy on the largest female Burmese python ever found in Florida. The team counted 122 of these “follicles”, another record-breaking one.
(Photo by National Geographic, Maggie Steber)

As their appetite for South Florida wildlife endangers the entire ecosystem, this particular exploration is perfect for researchers to try to capture and suppress invasive species.

“Research partners at the University of Florida have recorded 24 species of mammals, 47 species of birds and two reptiles in the range occupied by the burmese python’s stomach,” the biologist said.

“So that’s the definition of a generalized apex predator.”

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Bartoszek said it was “not surprising” to find these remains, as Burmese pythons were large predators; However, white-tailed deer are also a major source of Florida panthers – an endangered species.

“They have no interest in us. They have no interest in our native wildlife.”

“The question I usually ask is, ‘What do you think the local wildlife took to make the $ 250 pound snake?’

“She may have been over 15, maybe over 20 … and she was naughty in the landscape at the time,” he said.

“And they’re interested in our native wildlife – and we’re interested in removing them from the ecosystem.”

These white-tailed deer were found inside a Burmese python.

These white-tailed deer were found inside a Burmese python.
(Conservancy of Southwest Florida)

Invasive species belong to Southeast Asia; There, as they were often harvested mostly for meat, medicine and leather, they were given the status of being harmful.

So how did they get to Everglades? Bartoszek attributed this to the deliberate release of pythons and the extreme weather conditions that wiped out escaped pets and / or breeding facilities.

Bartoszek said his team had conducted a radio telemetry study on the invading Burmese pythons in the area for the past 10 years – 20 years under his protection.

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This study provided “tremendous” information on snake behavior. Bartoszek said they used it against the animal to remove more than 1,000 snakes – less than 26,000 pounds of pythons – covering less than 100 square miles.

With a method called Scout Snake Methodology, the team was able to identify specifically reproducing female pythons.

This method requires the installation of radio transmitters into male pythons, which are identified with females – which, as Bartoszek explains, becomes an arbitrary game of “hide and seek”.

“They can detect 0% without using a python to find Python,” he said.

“An army of snakes will work with us.”

Bartoszek explained that Florida residents are unlikely to encounter Burmese Python. He also said there was no evidence that they were interested in harming humans.

“They are not interested in us,” he said. “They have an interest in our native wildlife.”

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