Snake hunters catch 17-foot-long python in Florida Everglades


A Burmese python - more than 17 feet long and weighing more than 130 pounds, with more rows of sharp teeth than you ever cared to imagine - has been captured and killed in the Florida Everglades.

A snake hunter captured a record 17-foot python during the South Florida Water Management District's hunt over the weekend.

'That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man.

But since the 1980s, released snakes and their offspring have preyed on mammals, birds and reptiles native to Florida.

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".

It's so far the largest snake to be caught under the South Florida Water Management District's python elimination program.

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Leon says the Burmese python is causing serious problems for the Everglades.

Leon still holds the 2013 state record for a python he captured that was 18 feet, 8 inches, according to SFWMD. It then pays an extra $50 for a 4-foot snake and $25 for each additional foot beyond that.

A Florida python hunter snagged a record-breaking snake last Friday.

Smith added the python program has been the "most successful endeavor in trying to make a dent in the population", eliminating at least 743 snakes (some of them pregnant females) since the program's inception in March. 'There's no natural predators too'.

"If you see a snake this big, I don't think you should jump on it", he said, according to WTVJ.