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17-Foot Python Takes New Record for Annual Florida Snake Hunt

06 December 2017

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

The 17-foot, 1-inch python, weighing 132 pounds, is the longest ever brought in for the agency's Python Elimination Program.

The South Florida Water Management District shared video of the colossal python on Monday after it was caught Friday by hunter Jason Leon.

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

Python hunter Jason Leon caught the snake in in southern Miami-Dade County. Leon also holds the overall state record with an 18-foot-8-inch python he caught in 2013.

Leon holds the record for the largest snake captured in Florida.

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The catch on Friday toppled the previous record by Dusty Crum, which measured 16 feet, 11 inches, according to WSVN.

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

The program, which began earlier in the year, saw its 700th python eliminated in November. There was a smaller male python nearby, but he was not captured, Leon said.

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Mike Kirkland, a SFWMD scientist and the project manager for the Python Elimination Program, praised it for being "enormously effective in killing this relentless predator to help preserve native Everglades wildlife".

17-Foot Python Takes New Record for Annual Florida Snake Hunt