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Record-breaking python caught in Florida

By T.K. Randall
October 10, 2020 · Comment icon 8 comments

That is one huge snake. Image Credit: Facebook / MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife
This gargantuan snake is one of many to have been caught by bounty hunters in the Florida Everglades.
Burmese pythons have long proven to be a major nuisance in the region and environmentalists have been working for years to curb their population to safeguard various other native species.

The snakes were first introduced in the Everglades in the 1980s and have since gained a significant foothold, resulting in a major decline in raccoons, opossums and bobcats as well as the near total disappearance of some rabbit and fox species.

This particular specimen, which was caught by hunters Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis, has been officially confirmed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to be a new record.
It measures a whopping 18 feet, 8.8 inches (5.71 meters) in length.

Authorities in the region pay hunters a bounty to capture the snakes.

The previous record holder, which measured 18 feet and 7.6 inches, was caught in 2013.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by khol 4 years ago
 The hunters with there prize catch seem quite proud of themselves in eliminating the threat. Its easy to label a species invasive yet this reptile didnt invade anything Invasive species are primarily spread by human activities species are primarily spread by human activities%2C often unintentionally.&text=In addition%2C higher average temperatures,to move into new areas. Humans in my opinion have become the invasive species on this planet
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Those two bros are such 'Florida Man', LMAO. Something also tells me they're in it for the huntin' and killin' not the ecosystem savin'.
Comment icon #3 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
As a person who actually lives in florida, I dont want creatures killed i dont like it at all but i also do know that for every native fl creature we have 5 or more not indigenous and some are causing problems, sure i would rather a zoo take creatures but they dont want them, sure they are invasive, they breed unchecked. Parts of fl especially down south are swamps really no mans land, some creatures come into housing projects to hunt pets. Not far from me iguanas run wild, pretty cool they dont hurt much or do they? But they are also breeding out of control they have to eat and do cause damag... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by khol 4 years ago
Yeah unfortunately culls are sometimes necessarry in these situations before native species and enviorments take a hit. But it originates with human intervention like so many other examples. This python would have originated as a pet and he didnt invade Florida on his own devices there from Asia What I was alluding to is this     
Comment icon #5 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
we do not know the origin of how each invasive specie got into fl blaming irresponsible humans for releasing all of these creatures that are invasive to florida isnt accurate and doesnt help, many came here on their own like the cuban lizards they invaded fl as stowaways and pretty much wiped out the anoles
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
Some were released from Zoos and people's homes during Hurricanes.
Comment icon #7 Posted by khol 4 years ago
Just out of curiosity @the13bats what would the bounty be in FL. for a 20' Burmese
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
Probably a few things.   The money, wanting to get rid of these snakes, hanging out with friends and the thrill of the hunt.    I'm glad they are doing this and they need to keep it up.     The going rate: $8.65 an hour, with extra bounties depending on the length of the snake. It's an additional $50 for the first 4 feet and $25 for every foot thereafter. Hunters who catch pythons that were guarding eggs can collect an extra $200.

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