University of Florida scientists line up next to the record-breaking snake
Florida has a long list of problematic invasive species, from the vervet monkey to the lionfish, but the Burmese python might be the state's public enemy No. 1 — so much so that residents will hop out of their cars at night to catch one double the normal size.
A Miami man wrangled and killed the longest-ever Burmese python to be captured in Florida, wildlife officials announced today (May 20). The 128-lb (58 kilograms) snake measured 18 feet, 8 inches (5.6 meters) long.
Jason Leon spotted the python poking out of the roadside brush late on May 11 as he was driving in a rural part of southeast Miami-Dade County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). (In Photos: Giant Pythons Invade Florida).