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Posted: November 08, 2018

Hunter kills 17.5-foot python, setting Florida state record

Hunter Sets Florida State Record, Kills 17.5-Foot Python

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

A hunter killed a 17.5 foot python, setting a Florida state record. 

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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.

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 and can make an additional $50 for pythons more than 4 feet, and another $25 for each foot over that. They can earn another $200 for destroying nests with eggs. 


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Hunter catches 17-foot python setting Florida state record

Hunter catches 17-foot python setting Florida state record

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

Florida bobcat seen with giant green iguana in its mouth

A tourist snapped a photo of a Florida bobcat with a non-native green iguana in its mouth at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach. 

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The photo, taken by Vincent Sinagria while on a tour of the refuge, showed a green iguana being taken away by the bobcat. 

Wildlife officials said the iguana is a non-native species to Florida that can cause major issues by digging into the ground and damaging seawalls and sidewalks.

The iguana population in south Florida has been growing and causing various issues. 

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