A veteran Florida python hunter last weekend snagged a record 17-foot snake, a behemoth so vast he said it could "kill any full-grown man".
"After finding the 17'1" (5.2 m) python submerged in water at around 2:45 Friday morning, Jason Leon managed to pull the 132-lbs.
He grabbed the snake and quickly shot her in the head, killing her instantly.
"If that snake was alive right now it would probably take like three of us to be able to control it".
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The snakes first started appearing in the area in the 1980s, and are now considered to be the top predator, outranking alligators.
Since the program's initiation in March, more than 730 pythons have been removed from the Everglades.
The elimination program will continue until its $125,000 budget runs out.
'That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man.
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Thousands of pythons are estimated to occupy South Florida and are known to cause problems for wildlife in the Everglades. 'There's no natural predators too'. They also pay an extra $50 for a 4-foot-long snake and $25 for each additional foot above that.
Florida snake hunters made a monster catch in the Everglades over the weekend.
In addition to the South Florida record, Leon also holds the state record for the largest Burmese python ever captured, from his 2013 capture of an 18-footer, the Herald reported. Though an avid python catcher, he doesn't advocate tackling large ones alone. WSVN reported the 16 foot, 11 inch python on November 2.
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