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Man captures, kills record-breaking 18 foot Burmese python

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Updated: 5/20/2013 1:54 pm
MIAMI, Fla. -- A Miami man caught and killed the longest Burmese python ever captured in Florida.

The snake was 18 feet, 8 inches long and weighed a whoppig 128 pounds. It was a female that was not carrying eggs, according to University of Florida scientists who examined the snake.

The previous record length for a Burmese python captured in Florida was 17 feet, 7 inches.

Jason Leon was riding late at night in a rural area of southeast Miami-Dade County on May 11 when he and his passenger spotted the python.

Leon says about three feet of the snake was sticking out of the roadside brush. He stopped the car, grabbed the snake behind its head and started dragging it out of the brush. The snake began to wrap itself around his leg in which time he called for assistance from others and then used a knife to kill the snake.
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