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Massive python captured at South Florida wildlife preserve

Officials discovered a female python more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds in Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday.

Female snake is more than 17 feet long and weighs 140 pounds

Officials discovered the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve. (Big Cypress National Preserve/Facebook)

Officials at a South Florida wildlife preserve say they've captured the largest python ever found in the park.

They discovered the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve.

The python contained 73 developing eggs.

Wildlife managers were using male pythons with radio transmitters attached to them to track down breeding females as they work to remove these invasive snakes.

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

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