Python hunter sets new record, kills 17-foot python in Everglades

HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - A python hunter in the Everglades made quite a killing after he snagged a 17-foot python, setting a new record.

The South Florida Water Management District tweeted video of the sizable snake on display at their Homestead Field Station.

The district said python hunter Jason Leon broke the record with his kill early Friday morning. The 17-foot, 1-inch python, weighing 132 pounds, is the longest ever brought in for the Python Elimination Program.

Last month’s catch by hunter Dusty Crum held the previous record, measuring 16 feet, 11 inches long.

The district’s Python Elimination Program asks licensed South Florida hunters to remove the invasive animals in order to protect native wildlife.

Since the program began in March, more than 630 pythons have been removed from the Everglades.

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