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One of the largest Burmese Python in recorded history was captured and killed in the Florida Everglades this week. The female snake weighed in at a whopping 128 pounds with a length of 18 feet, 8 inches. Jason Leon spied the snake in a rural area southeast of Miami-Dade County and decided to take it upon himself, with the assistance of his friend Veronica, to kill the snake using a knife.

Wildlife officials have battled the growing epidemic of wild Burmese Pythons in Florida, an unfortunate problem stemming from people releasing their pets into the wild when they are unable to care for them any longer. The snakes have begun breeding at an alarming rate, threatening the local wildlife they prey on. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee have recently sanctioned the hunting of wild pythons in the million-acre Everglades. 63 pythons were captured as 1,600 people took part in the month-long hunt. Until now, the largest recorded python measured 17 feet, 7 inches.

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