• Hunter kills 17.5-foot python and sets Florida state record

    By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A hunter killed a 17.5-foot python, setting a Florida state record. 

    Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, was alone when he caught the 120-pound serpent Monday as part of a state program to eliminate the Burmese python on Southwest Florida Management District lands

    A hunter killed a 17.5-foot python, setting a Florida state record. (Photo: Southwest Florida Management District)

    Python hunters have killed nearly 2,000 snakes this year. The invasive species has no known predator in South Florida.

     


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    Penniston has caught 235 snakes, including two others that measured at least 17 feet. 

    Brian Hargrove, of Miami, has caught the most, 257.

    Hunters are paid $8.25 an hour for up to eight hours daily. They can make an additional $50 for pythons more than 4 feet long, and another $25 for each foot over that. They can earn another $200 for destroying nests with eggs. 

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