Can you imagine finding a snake three times the size of an average human adult? I certainly couldn’t. Yet for one python hunter in the Florida Everglades, that monstrously sized snake was a reality and he faced it head-on.
The veteran python hunter bellowed out the statistics on the impressive snake, stating:
[the snake] could kill any full-grown man.
Jason Leon broke the South Florida Water Management District’s standing record for the capture and killing of the largest snake. The agency released the statement, exclaiming the new record from him when he killed the 17-foot long Burmese python in southern Miami-Dade County.
Jason spoke with NBC6 and said:
That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man. If that snake was alive right now it would probably take like three of us to be able to control that snake.
As the photos began circulating online, stunning and almost terrifying those who saw the massive snake, it became relevant to understand why the state even has a “Python Elimination Program” in the first place.
According to the South Florida Water Management district, the Python Elimination Program asks licensed South Florida hunters to remove the invasive animals in order to protect native wildlife. According to Leon, the Burmese python is devastating wildlife in the Everglades with its ‘uncontrollable appetite.’