Man Kills Giant Burmese Python in Florida

By Brian Shields

Mon May 20th, 2013 9:40pm America/Los_Angeles

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MIAMI (AP) – Wildlife officials say a Burmese python nearly 19 feet long has been captured in South Florida.

It’s a new record for the longest Burmese python caught in the wild in Florida. The previous record was a 17-foot-7-inch python caught in August in Everglades National Park.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 18-foot-8-inch snake was caught May 11 alongside a road in rural Miami-Dade County.

Wildlife officials said Monday that a Miami man spotted about 3 feet of the snake sticking out of the roadside brush. He grabbed it and started dragging it into the open. When the snake began to wrap itself around his leg, he called to his friends for help and then used a knife to kill it.

The python weighed 128 pounds.

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