Trap­per cap­tures a record python

The Times-Tribune - - NATION & WORLD -

A Florida trap­per has cap­tured a record-set­ting python as part of a pro­gram to re­move the in­va­sive species from the Ever­glades.

A South Florida Water Man­age­ment Dis­trict news re­lease said Kyle Pen­nis­ton cap­tured a 17-foot, 5-inch fe­male Burmese python while hunt­ing on dis­trict lands in Mi­ami-dade County late Mon­day. The snake weighed in at 120 pounds.

In­va­sive Burmese pythons have no nat­u­ral preda­tors in the Ever­glades and have dec­i­mated na­tive wildlife pop­u­la­tions.

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