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Enormous python killed in Florida

Posted by on May. 21, 2013 at 3:04 AM
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Enormous python killed in Florida is a state record

Invasive reptile, which was dispatched with a knife, measures 18 feet, 8 inches, and weighs 128 pounds

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Researchers stretch out alongside Florida-record Burmese python. Photo courtesy of the University of Florida

A Miami man briefly wrestled with and ultimately used a knife to kill a Burmese python measuring 18 feet, 8 inches.

That sets a state record for pythons captured or killed in the wild. The previous record measured 17 feet, 7 inches.

Jason Leon was not hunting pythons but, while driving late at night recently in southeast Miami-Dade County, he and a friend spotted about 3 feet of snake protruding from the brush.

Leon applied the brakes, climbed out of the car, grabbed the visible portion of the snake, and began hauling it onto the road.

The giant constrictor responded by trying to wrap its body around one of Leon’s legs, but he was able to dispatch the reptile with a knife.

Burmese pythons are native to grassy marshes of Southeast Asia and can grow to about 23 feet and weigh up to about 200 pounds.

In Florida, where they’ve been released as pets and escaped from wildlife facilities, there are thousands of them, mostly within the Everglades ecosystem.

As such a large and voracious invasive species, they’re a threat to native wildlife. The state would like to eradicate them, if that were possible.

Leon, meanwhile, is being praised.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued a news release, in which exotic species specialist Kristen Sommers stated:

“The FWC is grateful to him for both safety removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture…With the help of people like Mr. Leon and our ongoing partnerships with other agencies, the FWC is advancing what we know about Burmese pythons in Florida.”

Leon, who said he once owned Burmese pythons and has experience handling the nonpoisonous snakes, reported the capture via a hotline used for reporting exotic species.

The python was delivered to the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center where it was measured and a necropsy was performed.

by on May. 21, 2013 at 3:04 AM
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dmarie2101
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2013 at 3:04 AM

i would have died. literally died.

504bbymami
by on May. 21, 2013 at 3:05 AM
Poor snake :(
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YoungMomtoGirls
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2013 at 3:07 AM

OMG I would have died too! I cant even stand small snakes.

crumpy_gat
by No. on May. 21, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Yowzah.

crumpy_gat
by No. on May. 21, 2013 at 3:08 AM
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sidesplittinglaughter oooohh

Quoting 504bbymami:

Poor snake :(


chickieboom
by on May. 21, 2013 at 3:08 AM
That's why you don't grab any part of the 3 feet you can see lol. No part of that snake was small. Good riddance. Heebie jeebies!


Quoting dmarie2101:

i would have died. literally died.


My3LuVs83
by Silver Member on May. 21, 2013 at 3:09 AM
Meh.. My ex killed many snakes with his bare hands.
mstkn.identity
by on May. 21, 2013 at 3:10 AM
Poor snake? Pssh its a good things its gone.

Quoting 504bbymami:

Poor snake :(
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QuirkyMom26
by on May. 21, 2013 at 3:10 AM
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She must've got wet in the pants

Quoting crumpy_gat:

sidesplittinglaughter oooohh

Quoting 504bbymami:

Poor snake :(



dmarie2101
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2013 at 3:11 AM
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pft. youre just sad its not the kind of "enormous python" you expected. sorry charlie, the last thing florida needs is you. they have enough fucked off people there. 

Quoting 504bbymami:

Poor snake :(


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