Python Hunter Kills Monster Snake, Sets New Record

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- 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.

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

Leon also holds the overall Florida record, an 18-foot-8-inch python he caught in 2013.

A massive python caught early Friday morning in Florida has broken a state record.

He said in an SFWMD video that he grabbed the female snake while she was still submerged in water. "If that snake was alive right now it would probably take like three of us to be able to control that snake".

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A monster 17-foot python that was captured in the Florida Everglades over the weekend is the largest caught so far under the python elimination program.

The invasive Burmese python, which breeds and multiplies quickly and has no natural predator in the Everglades ecosystem, has decimated native populations of wildlife.

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

Python hunter Jason Leon caught the snake in in southern Miami-Dade County.

Burmese pythons, one of the largest snake species on earth, are breeding in the park and spreading throughout south Florida.