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Record-breaking 128lb python caught

Posted on Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 | Comment icon 27 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The largest Burmese python ever discovered in Florida has been captured and killed in the Everglades.

Considered an invasive species, pythons have been causing so much harm to the Everglades' ecosystem that a hunt was recently sanctioned by authorities in an effort to curb their numbers. The latest find has set a new size record for a python found in the area with a body measuring 18ft 8in and weighing 128lb.

"For about 10 minutes, he was wrapping around my legs, around my arms," said Jason Leon who was responsible for tackling the creature. "I knew that it was a big snake and I've never seen it in the wild. I knew it didn't belong there. I knew they had to be removed so I grabbed it."

"The biggest ever Python snake found in Florida, measuring 18 feet and 8 inches long, has been captured and killed."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Lava_Lady on 22 May, 2013, 5:29
Which I am but these came to Hawaii a few years ago and are actually really cool and interesting.
Comment icon #19 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 22 May, 2013, 18:59
it's a snake, so it must be pretty boney. I've never tried it, but I may. Any suggestions?
Comment icon #20 Posted by third_eye on 22 May, 2013, 19:04
take them out on walks softens them up ...
Comment icon #21 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 22 May, 2013, 21:05
why didn't One just put it to sleep?I mean authorities are killing these animals and yet humans go into their territory and its okay?but when they come no no no lets kill it.lets reverse this scene on humanity think about That!!!
Comment icon #22 Posted by msmike1 on 23 May, 2013, 14:14
These snakes are invasive species plain and simple. Yes, they were imported for the pet trade, but so are a lot of other animals. The hurricane released most of them. A few careless pet owners didn't release enough of these snakes to support a breeding population as vast as is present. These snakes, once they reach a certain size or top of the line predators. The alligator is no longer the top predator in south florida anymore and that is the problem. The everglades are one of the most fragile ecosystems on earth, and introducing another top predator into the mix can be devastating. They h... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by Sundew on 23 May, 2013, 18:36
"Their territory" is S.E. Asia, they don't belong in a Florida ecosystem. The most humane way to kill an ectothermic (cold blooded) creature is to put into a freezer, at least according to some authorities. That could have proven difficult when it is wrapped around you and ticked off. Also, that would be a big freezer!
Comment icon #24 Posted by Artaxerxes on 26 May, 2013, 20:55
If you want to eradicate it start telling people how delicious it is barbecued.
Comment icon #25 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 26 May, 2013, 21:17
the bigger a snake is the tougher they are, barbequed they might be real tough but they are great in a stew or as chili where they have been simmered for a few hours before serving..
Comment icon #26 Posted by Lava_Lady on 27 May, 2013, 2:50
They look like they would have bones like fish, the kind you have to be careful to pick out otherwise they get stuck in your throat.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Evening Star on 31 May, 2013, 9:19
This upsets me. I understand that this particular breed of Python asserts the populations of a select number of mammals (native to South Florida). However, the slaughter of an endangered and perfectly able Python cannot be justified by deeming its breed 'an invasive species'.

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