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Miami Oddity: Snakeskin From City's Largest Python

Posted: May. 29th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

It's certainly not everyday that one encounters an 18-foot long monster of a snake, but what's a Maimi local like Jason Leon to do when faced with the county's largest recorded python? Why, kill and skin the beast, of course! And naturally, one can't forget to pose for pictures afterwards.

The South Florida man who caught and killed the longest Burmese python ever found in Florida gets to keep the snakeskin.

Jason Leon of Palmetto Bay saw a few feet of the snake sticking out of some bushes alongside a rural Miami-Dade County road on May 11. When Leon pulled the snake out into the open, it turned out to be 18 feet 8 inches long.

Leon killed the 128-pound snake with a knife when it began to wrap around his legs. He reported his find to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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