A veteran python hunter from Florida has snagged a record 17-foot snake. He described it as being able to "kill any full-grown man."
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) said on Monday that Jason Leon broke the agency's old record by killing the 17-foot, 1 inch Burmese python in southern Miami-Dade County at around 2:45 a.m. Friday.
Leon also holds the overall Florida record, an 18-foot-8-inch python he caught in 2013.
He said in an SFWMD videothat he grabbed the female snake while she was still submerged in water. He then shot her in the head while holding her.
The removal was part of the water district's Python Elimination Program, as a part of which hunters are asked to remove invasive animals to protect native wildlife.
Since the program's initiation in March, more than 730 pythons have been removed from the Everglades.
The hunters are paid $8.10 per hour for the hunt, plus a bounty for each snake caught. The district plans to continue the program until its $125,000 budget runs out.