Record broken after 17-foot-1-inch Burmese Python caught

Record broken after 17-foot-1-inch Burmese Python caught

Record broken after 17-foot-1-inch Burmese Python caught

Homstead, Fla. - Just when you thought pythons couldn't grow any larger, a hunter caught one in the Everglades on Friday measuring a whopping 17 feet 1 inch long.

While his 132-pounder set a record for the district's hunt, Leon already held - and still holds - the all-round state record with his 2013 capture of an 18-foot, eight-inch python, officials said.

Leon and two other hunters will bring in $375 for the massive reptile captured Friday.

Thousands of pythons are estimated to occupy South Florida and are known to cause problems for wildlife in the Everglades.

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The snakes entered the Everglades in the 1980s, the Miami Herald reports.

Burmese pythons can be as long as 26 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds. "That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man".

He said in an SFWMD video that he grabbed the female snake while she was still submerged in water. 'There's no natural predators too'.

The SFWMD launched the python elimination program in March 2017.

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"We're going to find a 20-footer tonight", he joked after turning in the snake to a field station. Another python - a smaller male - was also nearby but was not caught.

Burmese pythons, one of the largest snake species on earth, are breeding in the park and spreading throughout south Florida. "At least if you don't have somebody else with you".

Leon also holds the state record for the biggest ever python kill. WSVN reported the 16 foot, 11 inch python on November 2.

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