Record 17-foot python caught in Everglades

Posted at 5:54 AM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 05:54:52-05

(NBC/WTVJ) Florida snake hunters made a monster, record-breaking catch in the Everglades late last week.

A 17-foot, 1 inch python was captured Friday night at the Big Cypress National Preserve and weighed 132 pounds.

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This is the largest python ever caught under Florida's Python Elimination Program, which was started earlier this year.

The hunters will receive $375 for catching the giant snake.

Thousands of pythons are estimated to occupy South Florida and known to cause problems for wildlife in the Everglades.

Courtesy NBC News Channel