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Florida wildlife officials removed a nearly 18-foot-long python

Posted at 10:38 AM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 10:38:34-04

OCHOPEE, Fla. — An enormous python was removed from the Florida wild over the weekend.

Florida Fish and Wildlife says Python Action Team member Kevin Reich removed a 17-foot-9-inch-long Burmese python from Cypress National Preserve.

It's the second largest snake ever removed by the team.

FWC says the team is making a big difference for the native wildlife, one invasive snake at a time.

Pythons can be humanely killed on private lands in Florida at any time with landowner permission — no permit required — and the FWC encourages people to remove and kill pythons from private lands whenever possible. Pythons may also be killed at any time throughout the year from 22 Wildlife Management Areas, Public Small Game Hunting Areas and wildlife and environmental areas where pythons are known to exist. There is no bag limit and pythons may be humanely killed by any means other than traps or firearms (unless provided for by specific area regulations).

For more information about removing pythons in Florida, click here.

This story was originally published on WFTS.