(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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