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A monster 17-foot python that was captured in the Florida Everglades over the weekend is the largest caught so far under the python elimination program.
The python, which weighs 132 pounds, was caught by hunters Friday night at the Big Cypress National Preserve. The hunters said it was much larger when they initially wrangled it.
The python is the largest caught under the South Florida Water Management District python elimination program, which started in April. The hunters will receive $375 for catching the snake.
“If you see a snake this big, I don’t think you should jump on it, at least if you don’t have somebody else with you,” hunter Jason Leon said. “That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man. If that snake was alive right now it would probably take like three of us to be able to control that snake.”