Record-breaking python caught and killed in Florida Everglades

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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".

"That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man", Leon told NBC6.

A snake measuring more than 17 feet and bagged last week is the longest ever caught in Florida's Python Elimination Program.

WTSP reported that the previous record was held by famed python hunter Dusty "Wildman" Crum, who brought in a 16-foot, 11-inch python that weighed 122 pounds in November.

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"After finding the 17'1" (5.2 m) python submerged in water at around 2:45 Friday morning, Jason Leon managed to pull the 132-lbs.

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

The SFWMD started the python program in April 2017 and pays hunters $8.10 an hour.

Leon said in a video posted by the SFWMD that he discovered the female snake in a body of water and quickly shot her before she could get out.

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The Burmese python, which is considered one of the largest snakes in the world, is native to Asia and an invasive species to the Everglades, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The snake was taken to the district's Homestead field station. It's ravenous appetite causes the large snakes to eat any animal they can find.

"If you see a snake this big, I don't think you should jump on it", he said, according to WTVJ. 'There's no natural predators too'.

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