Man captures record 17-foot python in Florida hunt

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 7, 2017

A veteran python hunter from Florida has snagged a record 17-foot snake.

A snake hunter captured a record 17-foot python during the South Florida Water Management District's hunt over the weekend. He described it as being able to "kill any full-grown man".

While his 132-pounder set a record for the district's hunt, Leon already held - and still holds - the all-round state record with his 2013 capture of an 18-foot, eight-inch python, officials said.

"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", hunter Jason Leon said.

The snake was taken to the district's Homestead field station.

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WTSP reported that the previous record was held by famed python hunter Dusty "Wildman" Crum, who brought in a 16-foot, 11-inch python that weighed 122 pounds in November. The invasive species is devastating wildlife with its uncontrollable appetite.

"We have these guys out there eating our alligators, raccoons, possums, otters, pretty much everything out there", he added. They get an extra $50 for each python up to four feet and another $25 for each foot above that mark.

The program has proved so successful that two neighboring counties have initiated similar ones.

According to the Everglades National Park Service, snakes from around the world have been turning up in and around Florida's Everglades national park.

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