FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Three hunters caught a 17-foot, 132-pound Burmese python in the Florida Everglades in south Miami-Dade, a record for the program aimed at curbing the proliferation of non-native species, according to the media reports.
The giant snake was captured on Friday at Big Cypress National Preserve, according to NBC 6 Miami.
"That snake could kill any adult male," said one of the hunters who caught the python, Jason Leon, to NBC 6. "If that snake were alive at this time, we would probably take as three of us to control that snake".
So far it is the largest snake that is trapped under the South Florida Water Management District's Python Removal Program.
According to the Miami Herald, Leon saw the female python around 2:45 a.m. on Friday, he grabbed her and shot her in the head.
In addition to the South Florida registry, Leon also owns the state record for the largest Burmese python ever captured, in its 18-foot capture in 2013, the Herald reported.
Leon told NBC 6 that the insatiable appetite of the Burmese python is destroying the wild population of Florida.
"We have these guys eating our crocodiles, raccoons, opossums, otters, almost everything out there," Leon said. "There are no natural predators too."
Launched in March, the South Florida Water Management District piton elimination program pays hunters $ 8.10 per hour. Then he pays an additional $ 50 for a 4-foot snake and $ 25 for each additional foot beyond that.
For this python, Leon and the other two hunters will get $ 375.
– The Associated Press