May 21, 2013
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission combination handout photo shows Jason Leon, left, who caught an 18-foot, 8-inch Burmese python in southeast Miami-Dade County May 11, 2013. University of Florida scientists examined the snake and found that it was 128 pounds and female, not carrying eggs at the time. The previous record length for a Burmese python captured in the wild in Florida was 17 feet, 7 inches. This Burmese python is now documented to have set a record as the longest Burmese python captured in Florida.
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An 18-foot, 8-inch Burmese python set a record for the longest snake ever captured in South Florida, where the exotic species has taken up residence.