May 25, 2018

Record-breaking 18ft Python killed in Florida

Record-breaking 18ft Python killed in Florida

A python measuring 18 feet, 8inches long has been killed in Florida. The Python is the biggest snake to have been found in the region. The Burmese snake was killed by Jason Leon after he found part of its body sticking out of an undergrowth.

According to DailyMail Jason was riding in the Everglades with some friends when they saw the snake.  Jason said: ‘For about 10 minutes, he was wrapping around my legs, around my arms. I was switching arms, and finally. We finally pulled him apart, stretched him out, and took a knife and cut his head.’

Taking measurements: Python being measured in University of Florida Lab after it was captured and killed near Miami

‘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 Burmese Python is an invasive species to the Florida Everglades, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee recently sanctioned a hunt for the pythons who are said to be breeding at an alarming rate and killing other small animals in the Everglades.

The snake was later handed over to the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education center for a necropsy.

 

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