Three hunters caught a 17-foot, 132-pound Burmese python in the Florida Everglades in southern Miami-Dade, a record for the program aimed at curbing the proliferation of the non-native species, according to media reports.
Leon says the Burmese python is causing serious problems for the Everglades. "That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man".
The python hunters are paid just $8.10 per hour for their work plus bonuses. 'There's no natural predators too'. The program pays $50 for for a four-foot snake and $25 for each additional foot beyond that.
The snake was taken to the district's Homestead field station.
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.
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". Another python - a smaller male - was also nearby but was not caught.
According to the Everglades National Park Service, snakes from around the world have been turning up in and around Florida's Everglades national park. "At least if you don't have somebody else with you". Leon also holds the overall state record with an 18-foot-8-inch python he caught in 2013. WSVN reported the 16 foot, 11 inch python on November 2.