Snake hunter snags almost 17-foot python in Florida

Snake hunter snags almost 17-foot python in Florida

Snake hunter snags almost 17-foot python in Florida

"Whoo! 16-10, baby! Man, that's a big one", Dusty exclaimed, as officials weighed the animal.

The South Florida Water Management District is paying hunters $8.10 per hour to catch snakes and a fee based on how big the snakes are that they catch.

Snake hunter Dusty "Wildman" Crum caught a huge python in the Everglades during a hunt.

While Crum's catch is the biggest at the Everglades, the biggest in the larger south Florida area measured 5.4 meters.

Snake hunting has become a serious business, with there being thousands of these pythons in the Everglades. The district pays $50 for pythons up to 4 feet and $25 for each additional foot beyond that.

Crum has a double payday - $375 from the water district and about the same for selling the skin. "Biggest snake I ever caught in my life right there", he said. The local record was a snake measuring 18 feet, two inches and weighing 160. Crum's snake weighed 130, which is still extremely terrifying.

In Florida, your tax dollars are being put to work to kill big Burmese pythons invading the Everglades.

The program was started to stop the invasive species from terrorizing the native wildlife.

So this is one snake, does it make a difference?

The python also carried a whooping 78 eggs, which were all removed to prevent them from being hatched.

Plus, it pays to poach the eggs.

Hunters also receive an additional $100 dollars for each eliminated python found guarding nests with eggs.

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