Record broken after 17-foot-1-inch Burmese Python caught
Record broken after 17-foot-1-inch Burmese Python caught
NATION-NOW Python hunter catches 17-foot snake sets Florida record
Python hunter catches 17-foot snake sets Florida record
07 December, 2017, 07:28
The python, which weighs 132 pounds, was caught by hunters Friday night at the Big Cypress National Preserve.
The snakes entered the Everglades in the 1980s, the Miami Herald reports. More than 730 pythons have been killed since then. The district plans to continue the program until its $125,000 budget runs out. 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.
Thousands of pythons are estimated to occupy South Florida and are known to cause problems for wildlife in the Everglades. He described it as being able to "kill any full-grown man". 'There's no natural predators too'.
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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. It's unclear whether the two had mated.
The hunters are paid $8.10 per hour for the hunt, plus a bounty for each snake caught. Though an avid python catcher, he doesn't advocate tackling large ones alone. "At least if you don't have somebody else with you".
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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