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.