Python hunter captures almost 17-foot snake in the Everglades

Python hunter captures almost 17-foot snake in the Everglades

Python hunter captures almost 17-foot snake in the Everglades

The record for an Everglades python catch is 18 feet, 2 inches.

Dustry "The Wildman" Crum works as an orchid grower by day, but in his spare time, he hunts pythons and it is paying off.

It's a big one!

Dusty "Wildman" Crum recently captured the biggest snake since the current python eradication project conducted by the South Florida Water Management District, and it was all caught on camera. According to the station, Crumm tracked down and killed the almost 17-foot, 130-pound invasive Burmese python in the Florida Everglades, and will take home a hefty bounty of $375, thanks a new program from the South Florida Water Management District.

A python hunter has reeled in a colossal catch in the Florida Everglades, and his wrestle with the huge snake was caught on camera. "Biggest snake I ever caught in my life right there".

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Hunters can get a $50 bonus for a four-foot long snake, and $25 additional for each foot above.

Crum will receive $375 from local officials, and about the same for selling the animal's skin. And then there are the eggs, 78 eggs, future pythons in the wild, were also taken from this one snake. Crum's snake weighed 130, which is still extremely terrifying.

Experts estimate there may be between 10,000 and 100,000 of the invasive pythons in the Everglades.

"We're making a difference by taking the eggs out of the ecosystem", Crum said.

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