Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Record-Breaking Python Found In Florida Everglades

Record-Breaking Python Found In Florida Everglades

The python, which weighs 132 pounds, was caught by hunters Friday night at the Big Cypress National Preserve.

The SFWMD launched the python elimination program in March 2017.

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

"That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man".

He grabbed the snake and quickly shot her in the head, killing her instantly. 'There's no natural predators too'.

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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. They get an extra $50 for each python up to four feet and another $25 for each foot above that mark.

District spokesman Randy Smith said the non-venomous constrictor was captured in the Everglades, about 40 miles from Miami, and brought to the district's Homestead Field Station to be measured.

According to Fox News, Leon also holds the record for the largest python ever caught in the entire state: he captured an 18 foot, eight inch python in 2013. It's unclear whether the two had mated.

The hunters are paid $8.10 per hour for the hunt, plus a bounty for each snake caught.

"If you see a snake this big, I don't think you should jump on it, at least if you don't have somebody else with you", hunter Jason Leon said. WSVN reported the 16 foot, 11 inch python on November 2.

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