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Record-Breaking Burmese Python (17 feet, 7 inches, 87 eggs) Captured by The USGS, B-roll

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*Sound begins after 54 seconds

Nat sound

Uh, P-52 folks, and she’s angrier and stronger

Do you want her all the way out?

It’s kinda like….if you insist?

Wanna get her back in?

No, no, no, we’re going out.


If you put her on the ground, that’s fine.

Just move the box

Near the truck, set her down, that’s good.


The next size up. (means a larger snake)

You are having to use all your muscle, aren’t you?

To hold her head.


Yeh, and she is still stronger than me.

Do you know where her (radio) equipment is?

Yeh, give me a second.

You might want to look at it too, it looks like its….


Hold on, hold on.

Got it?



She’s not happy!

She’s a big girl!


Uh, oh

She’s gonna try to come out of this thing.



Title: Record-Breaking Burmese Python (17 feet, 7 inches, 87 eggs) Captured by The USGS, B-roll


Big Ol‘ Gal

This female Burmese python broke the records for her length — 17 feet, 7 inches — and the number of eggs she contained: 87. She was first captured in Everglades National Park by USGS researchers in the spring of 2012, when they followed a "Judas snake" – a male python with a transmitter – and found her nearby in the bushes. USGS scientists then outfitted her with two radio transmitters, a GPS device, and a motion-sensing device before releasing her back into the wild. The second radio transmitter was a failsafe, ensuring she wouldn't "go wild" again. The snake remained in the wild for 38 days and then was removed and euthanized. The information from this snake's every move – each pitch, roll, and yawl – was recorded by the motion detector, allowing biologists to piece together her behaviors, including her kills. Biologists plan to use detailed information about the snake's biology and activity patterns to develop control methods for this invasive species. Pythons are effective at blending in the tall marsh grasses that give the Everglades its nickname, "The River of Grass," making it hard to spot the pythons even when they are being radiotracked. Click here for more information on USGS python research and read our most recent python-related press release.

First Image: USGS biologists Thomas Shelby and Brian Smith search for a Burmese python in Everglades National Park using a radio transmitter.

Second Image: A Burmese python rests, well hidden in a patch of sawgrass, in Everglades National Park

Third Image: Initial capture of the snake in March, 2012

Location: FL, Everglades National Park, USA

Date Taken: 4/1/2012

Length: 2:30

Video Producer: Catherine Puckett , U.S. Geological Survey

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Additional Video Credits:

Media Contact for HD b-roll: Don Becker,, (303) 202-4770
Research on this snake was conducted by the USGS Southeast Ecological Science Center, Florida, in cooperation with the National Park Service, Everglades National Park.


For more information go to: USGS python research

For a press release about severe declines in Everglades mammals linked to pythons, visit: Severe Declines in Everglades Mammals Linked to Pythons

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