From hunters they marked a new record with catch of a snake burma python of 5.7 meters, informed authorities of Florida by promoting hunting of one of the invasive species that more havoc on the ecosystem of the wetlands of this state of the United States.
The burmese python, captured about 60 km west of Miami, measured 5.71 meters and weighed 47 kg, reported Thursday night the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) on his Facebook page.
That’s a new record! “Added the caption, which accompanies a photograph of the hunters, Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis, each posing at one end of the snake that stretches from one side of the street to the other.
Elimination of this female snake is a triumph for our wildlife and native habitats, “wrote the FWC.
The previous record of Florida had established it a 5.68 meter python captured in 2013.
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The burmese python is, together with the green iguana, one of the most undesirable alien species from Florida.
Originally from Southeast Asia, these constrictors came to Florida as pets at the end of the last century and are believed to have been irresponsibly released by their owners in the Everglades, a wetland in the south of the state that is the habitat of alligators and tropical birds.
No predator to give them huntingThey feed on raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, birds and … even alligators, if they are small.
For this, the FWC conducts programs to promote the elimination of exotic species.
In July of last year, for example, asked Florida residents kill green iguanas, which abound in parks and yards, “whenever possible.”