Florida Python Hunter Snags Record 17-Foot Python In Everglades

Henrietta Brewer
December 7, 2017

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

The python is the largest caught under the South Florida Water Management District python elimination program, which started in April.

He described it as being able to "kill any full-grown man". They also pay an extra $50 for a 4-foot-long snake and $25 for each additional foot above that.

Since late March, hunters have captured 738 invasive Burmese pythons in Florida, officials said.

He said in an SFWMD video that he grabbed the female snake while she was still submerged in water.

The snake was taken to the district's Homestead field station. He then shot her in the head while holding her.

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".

The snakes were captured on state land in Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties.

"Burmese pythons possess an insatiable appetite".

"We saw that there was a very serious problem", Smith, the spokesman, said.

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.

To participate, hunters must be at least 18 years old and without a felony conviction or wildlife-related offense within the past five years, according to the site.

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