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Miami man captures Florida's longest Burmese python

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MIAMI (FOX 13) -

That's one giant snake.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say a Miami man has wrangled and killed the longest Burmese python ever captured in the state.

At 18 feet, 8 inches long, the 128-lb. female beat the previous record by more than a foot.

According to the FWC, Jason Leon told wildlife officers that he spotted the python while driving in a rural area of southeast Miami-Dade County late at night back on May 11.

About three feet of the snake was sticking out of the roadside brush. Leon said he stopped his car, grabbed the snake behind its head, and started dragging it out of the brush. When the python began to wrap itself around his leg, he called for help and used a knife to kill the snake.

Leon contacted FWC and eventually the snake was turned over to the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

Leon said he once owned Burmese pythons as pets and had experience handling such creatures.

For those of us who may not be up to the challenge of wrestling a 128-lb snake, the FWC has a hotline for reporting exotic species: 1-888-IveGot1.

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