Python Hunter Kills Monster Snake, Sets New Record

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Jason Leon who snagged this 17-foot python also holds the Florida state record

Florida snake hunters made a monster catch in the Everglades over the weekend.

Leon is a python hunter who recently killed a 17-foot, 1-inch Burmese python, coming in at about 132 pounds, at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.

In a video posted the SFWMD's Facebook page, Leon said he grabbed the snake and shot it in the head. "That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man".

A snake measuring more than 17 feet and bagged last week is the longest ever caught in Florida's Python Elimination Program. If that snake was alive right now it would probably take like three of us to be able to control that snake, ' Leon said to NBC6.

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Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida and are wreaking havoc in the Everglades.

Leon still holds the 2013 state record for a python he captured that was 18 feet, 8 inches, according to SFWMD.

In April, Miami-Dade county launched a python elimination program that pays hunters $8.10 an hour. They get an extra $50 for each python up to four feet and another $25 for each foot above that mark.

The hunters will receive a grand total of $375 for catching the giant snake. The Miami Herald reports the snakes are in part to blame for diminishing the population of small mammals, including marsh rabbits and raccoons.

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