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Largest python in Florida history discovered

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A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials said. The female python weighed in at 215 pounds (98 kilograms), was nearly 18 feet long (5 meters) and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said in a news release. The team used radio transmitters transplanted in male "scout" snakes to study python movements, breeding behaviors and habitat use, said Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the conservancy's program. The team used a scout snake named Dionysus — or Dion for short — in an area of the western Everglades. Biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley helped capture the female snake and haul it through the woods to the field truck.

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