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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A massive snake was captured in South Florida earlier this week.

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(Source: SFWMD)

The record-setting catch is moving the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program closer to another significant milestone.

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Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, captured a 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese python while hunting on SFWMD lands in Miami-Dade County late Monday night.

The giant snake weighed in at 120 pounds. It’s the third caught as part of the program that measured more than 17 feet.

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With the record catch, SFWMD’s python hunters have now eliminated 1,859 of the invasive snakes on District lands, stretching a combined length of more than two miles and collectively weighing more than 11 tons