Florida Python Hunter Snags Record 17-Foot Python In Everglades

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A veteran python hunter from Florida has snagged a record 17-foot snake.

"After finding the 17'1" (5.2 m) python submerged in water at around 2:45 Friday morning, Jason Leon managed to pull the 132-lbs.

Leon also holds the overall Florida record, an 18-foot-8-inch python he caught in 2013.

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".

Its native habitat ranges from India to lower China, throughout the Malay Peninsula and on some islands in the East Indies, where it typically lives near water.

"Got her out, shot her right in the head while I was holding her", Leon said Monday in a video released by the South Florida Water Management District.

In April, Miami-Dade county launched a python elimination program that pays hunters $8.10 an hour. The snake was found in the company of a small male snake.

Mike Kirkland, a SFWMD scientist and the project manager for the Python Elimination Program, praised it for being "enormously effective in killing this relentless predator to help preserve native Everglades wildlife".

Leon and two other hunters will bring in $375 for the massive reptile captured Friday.