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Record-setting 17-foot python caught in Florida Everglades

Record-setting 17-foot python caught in Florida Everglades

Florida snake hunters captured a monstrous 132-pound Burmese python in the Everglades on Friday.

Leon is a python hunter who recently killed a 17-foot, 1-inch Burmese python, coming in at about 132 pounds, at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.

The hunters will receive a grand total of $375 for catching the giant snake.

But since the 1980s, released snakes and their offspring have preyed on mammals, birds and reptiles native to Florida.

Its native habitat ranges from India to lower China, throughout the Malay Peninsula and on some islands in the East Indies, where it typically lives near water. He described it as being able to "kill any full-grown man".

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

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. Another python - a smaller male - was also nearby but was not caught.

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", he said, according to WTVJ.

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. WSVN reported the 16 foot, 11 inch python on November 2.


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