Gawker Earlier this month, a man caught and killed a nearly 19-foot, 128-pound Burmese python near Miami. The snake is believe to be the largest ever captured in the state of Florida. On May 11, Jason Leon spotted roughly three feet of python protruding from some bushes in a rural area of Miami-Dade County. He pulled the 18-foot, 8-inch python to the road, only to lose control of the giant female snake, which quickly wrapped itself around his arms and legs. After calling for help, Leon killed the python with a knife. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a statement thanking Leon.
“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, with FWC, in a release.
Pythons have been a problem in Florida since the 1980s, when residents who adopted them as pets began releasing them into the wild. Many of the snakes also escaped pet stores during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Without any natural predators, there’s nothing to stop the pythons from decimating local wildlife. As a result, Florida sponsors events like the “2013 Python Challenge” to combat the giant reptiles. Florida’s previous record for largest Burmese python was set last August when a 17-foot, 7-inch female was caught and killed in the Everglades. That snake, however, had the edge in weight – 164 pounds versus 128 – perhaps because it was pregnant with over 80 eggs. If you’re curious what python eggs look like, here’s a picture of 59 still inside a Burmese python captured in 2009.
We have discussed this before, Florida (LINK) this is what happens when you buy a snake that you are unfit to care for. It starts out as a small snake, you think you are a badass for having a python, you feed it mice. The small snake grows to be huge, and instead of eating mice, it needs to eat rabbits or other larger rodents, it becomes a financial burden and a danger to your kids. You think, “oh I’ll just let in my snake go in the yard” and a thousand other idiots think the same thing. The snakes find each other, males find females, and they start to breed. A mother Burmese Python can lay upwards of 60 eggs, those babies grow up, and have babies. Since it is so warm in Florida, the snakes can survive, and there is plenty of food available including your neighbor’s dogs and children. As if Florida did not have enough dangerous animals native to the state, they now have killer 19-foot pythons, nice job Floridians!
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