Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Florida Python Hunter Snags Record 17-Foot Python In Everglades

171206_browbeat_snake Florida Python Hunter Snags Record 17-Foot Python In Everglades
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 07:29

"That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man", said one of the hunters who caught the python, Jason Leon, to NBC 6.

The elimination program will continue until its $125,000 budget runs out.

The invasive Burmese python was first brought to the Sunshine State as a pet, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Since late March, hunters have captured 738 invasive Burmese pythons in Florida, officials said.

The species of snake, originally from Southeast Asia, is frequently found in South Florida and more than 2,000 pythons have been removed from the park and surrounding areas since 2002, likely representing only a fraction of the total population. 'There's no natural predators too'.

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. The program pays $50 for for a four-foot snake and $25 for each additional foot beyond that.

"Got her out, shot her right in the head while I was holding her", Leon said Monday in a video released by the South Florida Water Management District. Another python - a smaller male - was also nearby but was not caught.

The Miami Herakld reports that the snake hunter also helped catch the python elimination program's 500th specimen back in August. "At least if you don't have somebody else with you".

Leon still holds the 2013 state record for a python he captured that was 18 feet, 8 inches, according to SFWMD.