A record-breaking 17-foot Burmese python was captured in the Florida Everglades on Friday.Weighing in at a monstrous 133 pounds, it is the largest python captured to date through the South Florida Water Management Department (SFWMD) python elimination program, which aims to reduce the large population of pythons in the Everglades.
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Pythons are a problem in the area because they prey on native wildlife, according to an official SFWMD statement.These snakes have been breeding like rabbits and growing faster than anyone can keep up with.
This particular snake hunter’s record snake measured over 17-feet-long (17ft1in) and was said to be so large it could easily eat a fully grown adult male.
This was the longest snake ever captured in Florida’s Python Elimination Program.Python hunters are paid minimum wage up to eight hours a day to look for pythons. The bounty for captured pythons is $50 for the first 4 feet and $25 per foot beyond that.