A man in the Everglades captured a massive, record-setting Burmese python earlier this week.
The South Florida Water Management District released photos of the catch from late Monday night in Miami-Dade County.
The photo shows the python hunter, Kyle Penniston, with a female snake measuring at 17 and a half feet in length and weighing in at 120 pounds.
Penniston’s catch, the 235th he has as part of the agency’s Python Elimination Program, is the 1,859th capture made in total. Miami native Brian Hargrove has caught the most thus far with 257.
Hunters are paid in four South Florida counties – Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach – to find the snakes, including bonuses based on the length of the animal as well as nests with eggs in an effort to help protect the natural wildlife in the area.