According to Elfenbein, a trio of snake hunters from Tampa showed up in another car and helped with the capture.
Hunters found remains of a deer in the python’s stomach, including hooves and bones. This is the second heaviest python ever officially captured in Florida. The first was captured in June 2022, in southwest Florida, a 97.5 kilogram specimen.
She didn’t like being pulled, so she turned around and raised her body at full speed. My son held her by the tail and the other three hunters grabbed her midsection. I ended up grabbing her by the head, which was the size of a football. And with the five of us sitting on top of her, she was still able to lift her body off the floor and keep moving.
The Burmese python is considered an invasive species and represents a great danger to local fauna. In August, a hunting season began to rid the Everglades Nature Reserve of some of these reptiles, offering a prize of US$30,000 (R$147,000) in prizes for participants.
More than 18,000 Burmese pythons have been removed from the site since 2000. A female lays between 50 and 100 eggs in each clutch.