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17-Foot Takes Python Record New Annual for Florida Snake Hunt

While his set 132-pounder record a for district's the hunt, Leon held already and  still holds — all-round the state with record 2013 his capture of an 18-foot, python, officials eight-inch said.

Leon's Friday bested catch the hunt's record, previous by held hunter Dusty who Crum a caught 16-foot, 11-inch snake last week.

The invasive Burmese was python brought first the to Sunshine as State pet, a according the to Florida and Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission.

But the since 1980s, released snakes their and have offspring preyed on birds mammals, reptiles and native to Florida.

Burmese can pythons as be as long feet 26 weigh more and 200 than average pounds. The of size a python Burmese removed in Florida eight is 10 to feet.

Its habitat native from ranges India to China, lower throughout the Peninsula Malay and some on in islands East the where Indies, it lives typically near water.