South Florida python hunters continue to one-up each other in the most terrifying way possible.
As announced by the South Florida Water Management District on Facebook:
“Python hunter Jason Leon set a record for the longest snake caught as part of SFWMD’s Python Elimination Program with this 17-foot-1-inch Burmese python that he brought to the District’s Homestead Field Station today.”
The Python Elimination Program was launched back in March, and is part of an aggressive measure to protect the Everglades from an invasive species eradicating an entire ecosystem.
Since the start of South Florida Water Management District’s program back in March, python hunters have eliminated 738 invasive Burmese pythons.
Also of note, SFWMD clarified in an additional Facebook post that this record breaking python was caught on SFWMD lands in the Everglades and not in Big Cypress National Preserve.