(Meredith) – It’s the stuff of nightmares for some, and the dreams of others: snakes. And now, we’ve got more nightmare fuel for those who aren’t a fan of slithering reptiles.
A record-setting, 17-foot-long python was discovered in the Florida Everglades. The Burmese python weighs more than 130 pounds and has row after row of sharp teeth, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Jason Leon, the hunter who found the snake, set a record for bringing in the longest snake ever recorded in the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program (SFWMDPEP).
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Sssssseventeen Feet!Python hunter Jason Leon set a record for the SFWMD Python Elimination Program with this 17-foot-1-inch Burmese python that he brought to the District's Homestead Field Station today. pic.twitter.com/p6iNnTex6H— South Florida Water (@SFWMD) December 4, 2017
Sssssseventeen Feet!Python hunter Jason Leon set a record for the SFWMD Python Elimination Program with this 17-foot-1-inch Burmese python that he brought to the District's Homestead Field Station today. pic.twitter.com/p6iNnTex6H
The SFWMDPEP was created to help manage the population of reptiles.
The snake, which is non-venomous, was caught about 40 miles from Miami.
When Leon found the snake, he said it was completely submerged in water. The Tribune reported that Leon "got her out, (and) shot her right in the head."
He also recommends that no one should do what he did alone.
"That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man," he told NBC Miami. "If that snake was alive right now, it would probably take like three of us to be able to control that snake."
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