Record-setting 17-foot python caught in Florida Everglades

Hunter Jason Leon spotted the snake in water and quickly shot her in the head

Hunter Jason Leon spotted the snake in water and quickly shot her in the head

While his 132-pounder set a record for the district's hunt, Leon already held - and still holds - the all-round state record with his 2013 capture of an 18-foot, eight-inch python, officials said.

In April, Miami-Dade county launched a python elimination program that pays hunters $8.10 an hour.

Since the program's initiation in March, more than 730 pythons have been removed from the Everglades.

Leon told NBC 6 that the Burmese python's insatiable appetite is ravaging Florida's wildlife population.

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He described it as being able to "kill any full-grown man".

He grabbed the snake and quickly shot her in the head, killing her instantly.

A veteran Florida python hunter last weekend snagged a record 17-foot snake, a behemoth so vast he said it could "kill any full-grown man". 'There's no natural predators too'.

"We're going to find a 20-footer tonight", he joked after turning in the snake to a field station. The program pays $50 for for a four-foot snake and $25 for each additional foot beyond that. Another python - a smaller male - was also nearby but was not caught.

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

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

"If you see a snake this big, I don't think you should jump on it", he said, according to WTVJ.

The catch breaks the record of the previous holder, Dusty Crum, by just two inches.

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