Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Monster 17-Foot Python Caught in Florida Everglades

Monster 17-Foot Python Caught in Florida Everglades

Florida snake hunters made a monster catch in the Everglades over the weekend.

Jason Leon spotted the 132-pound female snake submerged in water at about 2:45 a.m. Friday.

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

- South Florida Water tweeted this Monday that python hunter Jason Leon set a record for the SFWMD Python Elimination Program when he brought a 17-foot-1-inch Burmese Python to the District's Homestead Field Station.

Leon holds the record for the largest snake captured in Florida.

Leon also holds the state record for the biggest ever python kill.

"We have these guys out there eating our alligators, raccoons, possums, otters, pretty much everything out there", he added.

Since March, the program has eradicated more than 700 snakes in on District lands in Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties, which, if laid out end to end, would measure over 1.4 km and weigh over 4,500 kilos. The hunters will receive $375 for catching the snake.

Hunters have removed more than 2,000 from Everglades National Park so far, but scientists believe that number represents just a small fraction of the invasive species.

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

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