Python Hunter Catches 17-Foot Snake, Sets Florida Record

The python was 17'1" long.

A massive python caught early Friday morning has broken a state record.

The 17-foot, 1-inch python is the largest ever caught under Florida's Python Elimination Program, which started earlier this year.

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Python hunter Jason Leon caught the snake. He said the python weighs about 132 pounds.

"They {two snakes} were completely in the water," Leon said. "I got her out {and} shot her right in the head while I was holding her."

Leon broke the previous record of the 16-foot, 11-inch python caught by Dusty "Wildman" Crum in November.

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