19-Foot Python Found, Killed in MiamiBy: Sean Patterson - May 21, 2013
Though the classic Jennifer Lopez/Ice Cube movie Anaconda may have exaggerated it just a bit, it is true that snakes can grow to a terrifying size. Now, one man in Miami has found a record-setting snake that’s longer than three human adults are tall.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a man named Jason Leon has found the longest Burmese python ever recorded in the state of Florida. The female snake is 18 feet, 8 inches long- more than one foot longer than the previous Florida record-holder. It also weighs 128 pounds.
Leon reportedly saw three feet of the snake poking out of the bushes on the side of a rural road and stopped to capture the snake. Leon, who has experience with Burmese pythons as pets, began dragging it out of the brush by grabbing it behind its head. The snake was killed with a knife after it attempted to wrap itself around Leon’s leg.
“Jason Leon’s nighttime sighting and capture of a Burmese python of more than 18 feet in length is a notable accomplishment that set a Florida record. The FWC is grateful to him both for safely removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture,” said Kristen Sommers, Exotic Species Coordination section leader for the FWC.
The FWC considers the Burmese python an invasive species that disrupts the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades. The record-setting snake is now being studied by researchers at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center.
(Image courtesy the FWC)