Hunters bag massive python in the Everglades

Posted at 9:27 AM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 09:27:12-04

(SNN/NBC News) A trio of Florida python hunters may have made the catch of a lifetime.

Dusty Crum is a python hunter who calls himself the "Wildman."

"I didn't know what else to do. I put it in my mouth, and I bit down on the tail as hard as I could," Crum said of his latest trophy.

It happened around 11 p.m. last Thursday night in the Everglades.

"I'm driving down the levee. I got my guy Greg sitting on top, and we got a thing where we see something and he bangs on the roof," Crum said. "Immediately, I shut the truck off and stop."

"Then he comes over and grabs a tail," Morris said. "Next thing you know, it's like I'm grabbing a piece, he's grabbing a piece, and it's just going, going."

When they could see just three feet of the tail, they knew they were dealing with a monster.

"I thought it may be a 10 or a 12 feet, and I grab it and it just immediately slips out of my hands," Crum said. "It was too strong."

Their estimate was well short. It was about 17-to-18 feet long.

"It was just the struggle of my life. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Crum said.

"I didn't know if I was gonna make it out of the swamp or not with the snake," he added.

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