MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A massive snake was captured in South Florida earlier this week.READ MORE: Homegoing Celebration, Funeral Tuesday For Congresswoman Carrie Meek
The record-setting catch is moving the South Florida Water Management District’s Python Elimination Program closer to another significant milestone.READ MORE: Two Students Arrested For Posting Social Media Threats Aimed At Local Schools
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.MORE NEWS: Dolphins Hit Their Bye Week, Some Aren't Eager To Stop
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