Record-Setting 19-Foot-Long Python Killed by Daredevil in Florida

Jason Leon came across the snake in a rural area near Miami, used a knife to kill it

  Record-setting python (not pictured) captured and killed by man in Florida
Much like other species, Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida, hence continuous efforts to track them down and kill them.

Much like other species, Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida, hence continuous efforts to track them down and kill them.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission now has Jason Leon to thank for the state's being rid of a 19-foot-long (roughly 5.8 meters) such snake.

This daredevil came across the 128-pounds (about 58 kilograms) Burmese python in a rural area fairly close to Miami.

According to Gawker, he saw the snake lurking in some bushes, dragged him out in the open and used a knife to kill it.

As was to be expected, the female python put up a fight. Thus, it appears that it wrapped itself around Jason's arms and legs. However, the man eventually won the battle.

Wildlife researchers and spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say that, as far as they know, this snake might just be the largest ever captured and killed in the state of Florida.

“Jason Leon’s nighttime sighting and capture of a Burmese python of more than 18 feet in length is a notable accomplishment that set a Florida record.”

“The FWC is grateful to him both for safely removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture,” reads a statement issued by Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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