Trap­per cap­tures python more than 17 feet long in Ever­glades

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Of­fi­cials say 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 says Kyle Pen­nis­ton cap­tured a 17-foot, 5-inch fe­male Burmese python while hunt­ing on dis­trict lands in Mi­ami-Dade County late Mon­day.

Of­fi­cials say the snake weighed in at 120 pounds. It’s the third caught as part of the Python Elim­i­na­tion Pro­gram that mea- sured more than 17 feet.

Python hun­ters have now elim­i­nated 1,859 of the snakes on dis­trict lands. Pen­nis­ton is sec­ond among the hun­ters, with 235 snakes elim­i­nated. Brian Har­grove has dis­patched the most with 257.

Of­fi­cials say in­va­sive Burmese pythons have no nat­u­ral preda­tors in the Ever­glades ecosys­tem and have dec­i­mated na­tive wildlife pop­u­la­tions.

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