Man captures record 17-foot python in Florida hunt

- 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 described it as being able to "kill any full-grown man".

A python hunter in the Everglades snagged a 17-foot python early Friday morning, setting a new record.

In a video posted the SFWMD's Facebook page, Leon said he grabbed the snake and shot it in the head.

The massive python was the biggest so far in the district hunt established as a way to to raise the profile of the spread of the invasive species. 'There's no natural predators too'. They get an extra $50 for each python up to four feet and another $25 for each foot above that mark. The hunters will receive $375 for catching the snake.

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

Since the program's initiation in March, more than 730 pythons have been removed from the Everglades.

Thousands of pythons are estimated to occupy South Florida and are known to cause problems for wildlife in the Everglades. The Miami Herald reports the snakes are in part to blame for diminishing the population of small mammals, including marsh rabbits and raccoons.

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