The Naples Daily News reports:
With bite marks to prove it, a Florida man caught a whopper of a Burmese python Monday night in Miami-Dade County. Kyle Penniston nabbed the new record for a python caught through the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program after snagging the 120-pound snake measuring 17 feet, 5 inches.
Penniston’s hands were swollen from the female snake’s bites during his catch. “I kept fighting till we were both dead of energy,” he posted.
Penniston is part of a team of professional python hunters the SFWMD pays to hunt the invasive species in Collier, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Python hunters have now eliminated 1,859 pythons, stretching a combined length of more than two miles and collectively weighing more than 11 tons, according to the SFWMD.
— South Florida Water Management District (@SFWMD) November 7, 2018