Record-Breaking Python Found In Florida Everglades

Record-Breaking Python Found In Florida Everglades

The 132-pound "monster" is the largest Burmese python caught so far under the South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) python elimination program, NBC Miami reported. More than 730 pythons have been killed since then. The payment increases by $25 for every foot beyond that.

"Got her out, shot her right in the head while I was holding her", Leon said Monday in a video released by the South Florida Water Management District.

The invasive Burmese python was first brought to the Sunshine State as a pet, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

According to Fox News, Leon also holds the record for the largest python ever caught in the entire state: he captured an 18 foot, eight inch python in 2013. 'There's no natural predators too'.

The snake was taken to the district's Homestead field station.

The hunters are paid $8.10 per hour for the hunt, plus a bounty for each snake caught.

A veteran Florida python hunter last weekend snagged a record 17-foot snake, a behemoth so enormous he said it could "kill any full-grown man".

Burmese pythons, one of the largest snake species on earth, are breeding in the park and spreading throughout south Florida.

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. WSVN reported the 16 foot, 11 inch python on November 2.