A team of biologists has captured a giant Burmese dragon weighing 98 kg. And measuring 18 feet in length in the US state of Florida.
According to the American news agency Associated Press, the team of biologists says. “This is the largest female snake ever caught.”
When the team performed an autopsy on the female dragon, it was found that 122 eggs were present in her body. While the animal had eaten a white-tailed deer as its last meal.
The scientific organisation National Geographic has also recorded the team’s findings, highlighting the dire effects of dragons on wildlife.
Keep in mind that dragons breed very fast and pose a threat to wildlife.
Team member Ian Bartosek says, “Taking the female dragon and removing it will disrupt the breeding process of the animal.”
“The presence of giant dragons in the forests of South Florida is a significant problem,” he said.
Since 2013, more than 1,000 dragons have been captured in an area of about 100 square miles in southwest Florida.
Their autopsies revealed that they had killed dozens of white-tailed deer, while the remains of 24 species of animals and 47 species of birds were also found in the dragon’s stomach.
The state of Florida will begin a two-week dragon capture programme in August, with a $25,00 reward for catching the most dragons.
Last year, more than 600 people from 25 states participated in this challenge.