Watch intrepid scientists wrestle the biggest Burmese python ever found in Florida

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is full of extremely adventurous scientists. They walk around on volcanoes, hunt down giant mud slides, and — who knew? — wrestle with pythons in the Florida Everglades. USGS communications coordinator Ben Young Landis just emailed io9 to tell us all about this enormous snake:

At 17 feet 7 inches and full of 87 eggs, this female snake is the longest and most gravid Burmese python ever found in Everglades National Park — where invasive Burmese pythons have been linked to precipitous declines in native mammals. USGS researchers first captured this python in the spring of 2012, implanting radiotags, a motion sensor, and GPS trackers to study where and how these nonnative snakes are moving within the Everglades.


Learn more about how the USGS is studying snakes here, and see more python pictures here.



Do we really need to be doing this anymore? Can't we just leave the frigging animal populations alone without tagging every GD snake, shark, and wolf we come across? ugh. Not impressed at all.