‘Beast of a snake’: Huge python caught in the Everglades could set a new record
BY ADRIANA BRASILEIROOCTOBER 08, 2020 08:53 AM, UPDATED 55 MINUTES AGO
Two Florida python hunters caught what could potentially be a record-breaking Burmese python in the Everglades last week.
Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis said on social media that official measurements of the enormous female snake are being taken this week.
“On Friday night we pulled this BEAST of a snake out of waist-deep water in the middle of the night, deep in the Everglades. I have never seen a snake anywhere near this size and my hands were shaking as I approached her,” Pavlidis wrote on his Facebook page.TOP ARTICLES00:06/00:30SKIP AD
The current state record for length is 18.8 feet.
Ausburn and Pavlidis said they are paid snake hunters working for the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which manage the state’s python elimination programs.
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