Monster 17-Foot Python Caught in Florida Everglades

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The SFWMD launched the python elimination program in March 2017.

A veteran Florida python hunter last weekend snagged a record 17-foot snake, a behemoth so huge he said it could "kill any full-grown man". The district plans to continue the program until its $125,000 budget runs out.

"We have these guys out there eating our alligators, raccoons, opossums, otters, pretty much everything out there", said Leon.

The invasive Burmese python was first brought to the Sunshine State as a pet, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 'There's no natural predators too'.

The species of snake, originally from Southeast Asia, is frequently found in South Florida and more than 2,000 pythons have been removed from the park and surrounding areas since 2002, likely representing only a fraction of the total population.

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Hunters are paid $8.10 an hour to search for the snakes receive $50 for every 4-foot-long one they catch, WTVJ reports.

He said in an SFWMD video that he grabbed the female snake while she was still submerged in water. It's unclear whether the two had mated.

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.

According to the Everglades National Park Service, snakes from around the world have been turning up in and around Florida's Everglades national park. WSVN reported the 16 foot, 11 inch python on November 2.

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