Florida Python Hunter Snags Record 17-Foot Python In Everglades

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Homstead, Fla. - Just when you thought pythons couldn't grow any larger, a hunter caught one in the Everglades on Friday measuring a whopping 17 feet 1 inch long.

The South Florida Water Management District shared video of the colossal python on Monday after it was caught Friday by hunter Jason Leon.

"That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man", Leon told NBC6.

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

Leon still holds the 2013 state record for a python he captured that was 18 feet, 8 inches, according to SFWMD. The invasive species is devastating wildlife with its uncontrollable appetite. 'There's no natural predators too'.

Since March, the program has eradicated more than 700 snakes in on District lands in Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties, which, if laid out end to end, would measure over 1.4 km and weigh over 4,500 kilos. They get an extra $50 for each python up to four feet and another $25 for each foot above that mark.

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Jason, a professional snake hunter, was shocked by his discovery.

The snakes first started appearing in the area in the 1980s, and are now considered to be the top predator, outranking alligators. The snake was found in the company of a small male snake.

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