Python hunter catches 17-foot snake, sets Florida record

The clip also shows the group measuring the reptile - the largest captured so far under the South Florida Water Management Districts elimination program.

A python hunter snagged a record snake last weekend, reeling in a 17-foot behemoth in the Florida Everglades.

Snake hunter Jason Leon tells the Miami Herald he spotted the snake in submerged in the water and quickly grabbed it and shot it in the head.

A massive python caught early Friday morning in Florida has broken a state record. He said a smaller male python was nearby but not captured.

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Leon still holds the 2013 state record for a python he captured that was 18 feet, 8 inches, according to SFWMD.

"We're going to find a 20-footer tonight", he joked after bringing the snake to the district's field office in Homestead.

Since late March, hunters have captured 738 invasive Burmese pythons in Florida, officials said.

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