MIAMI (NewsNation Now) — Two snake hunters have captured the largest python recorded in Florida history.
Pavlidis is an alligator wrestler at Everglades Holiday Park and a python contractor with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).
Ausburn is also a python contractor with the state.
They captured the snake on October 2, and after measurements were completed, FWC confimed it was the largest on record. State officials said the snake was a female that weighed 102lbs.
Because pythons are invasive in Florida, it was required that the snake be humanely euthanised. Python hunts are licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with only about 100 snake hunters specially trained to capture and kill the pythons. The state supports the hunts because the pythons don’t belong in Florida.
“The reason that they are such a problem here in Florida is because they are invasive. They are negatively impacting our natural resources by consuming nativebirds, mammals, and reptiles,” McKayla Spencer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.