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18-foot, 8-inch Burmese python killed in Florida

May 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

MIAMI, May 21 (UPI) -- Florida wildlife officials confirmed an 18-foot, 8-inch Burmese python killed in Miami-Dade County set a new state record.

Kristen Sommers, exotic species coordination section leader for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, confirmed the snake killed May 11 by Jason Leon in a rural area of the county beat the previous record python in the state, 17 feet, 7 inches.

University of Florida scientists examined the snake and said it was a 128-pound female that was not carrying eggs at the time of her death.

"Jason Leon's nighttime sighting and capture of a Burmese python of more than 18 feet in length is a notable accomplishment that set a Florida record. The FWC is grateful to him both for safely removing such a large Burmese python and for reporting its capture," Sommers said.

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