17-foot python and its 73 developing eggs found in Florida wildlife preserve

140-pound python largest ever captured in park

A 17-foot python was removed from Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. (National Park Service)

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

Officials say they found the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve.

The python had 73 developing eggs.

Wildlife managers were using male pythons attached with radio transmitters to track down breeding females in an effort to remove the invasive snakes.

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