Homstead, Fla. - Just when you thought pythons couldn't grow any larger, a hunter caught one in the Everglades on Friday measuring a whopping 17 feet 1 inch long.
A snake hunter captured a record 17-foot python during the South Florida Water Management District's hunt over the weekend.
"We have these guys out there eating our alligators, raccoons, opossums, otters, pretty much everything out there", said Leon. It then pays an extra $50 for a 4-foot snake and $25 for each additional foot beyond that.
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The snake was taken to the district's Homestead field station.
Leon and two other hunters will bring in $375 for the massive reptile captured Friday.
Leon said in a video posted by the SFWMD that he discovered the female snake in a body of water and quickly shot her before she could get out. She had her head over wrapped around by the tree and I was able to go ahead and grab her farther up by the head. The hunters said it was much larger when they initially wrangled it.
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The South Florida Water Management District says on its website that the Burmese python was likely introduced to the Florida Everglades "by accidental or intentional releases by pet owners".
"While researchers have been hard pressed to provide specific population numbers in the Everglades, a rapid number of increased sightings from 2005 to 2010 is concerning".
The snakes were captured on state land in Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties. The snake was found in the company of a small male snake.
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