Florida Python Hunter Snags Record 17-Foot Python In Everglades

Florida Python Hunter Snags Record 17-Foot Python In Everglades

A snake hunter captured a record 17-foot python during the South Florida Water Management District's hunt over the weekend.

The video, shot in Florida, USA, shows the 132lbs snake caught by Jason Leon and two other unnamed men.

For this snake, the hunters will receive a total of $375.

Leon says the Burmese python is causing serious problems for the Everglades. The more of these snakes that can be eliminated, especially females and their eggs, the better chance future generations of native wildlife will have to thrive in the Everglades ecosystem that Floridians have invested billions of dollars to restore.

Burmese pythons can be as long as 26 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds.

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

Launched in March, the South Florida Water Management District's python elimination program pays hunters $8.10 an hour.

He grabbed the snake and quickly shot her in the head, killing her instantly. They also pay an extra $50 for a 4-foot-long snake and $25 for each additional foot above that. 'There's no natural predators too'.

The snake was taken to the district's Homestead field station. Another python - a smaller male - was also nearby but was not caught. Though an avid python catcher, he doesn't advocate tackling large ones alone.

"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", he warned.

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