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Florida snake hunter wrestles 16-foot python into submission

Florida snake hunter wrestles 16-foot python into submission

The 5.13 metre long python was caught earlier this week by Dusty "The Wildman" Crum.

Although it was a payday for Crum, he had no idea just how important his catch was until it was discovered what was inside the snake: 73 eggs just waiting to hatch.

It wasn't an easy task for Dusty "The Wildman" Crum, an orchid grower by day and a champion python hunter in his spare time.

The South Florida Water Management District pays hunters $8.10 per hour. The incentives kick in, starting at $50 for a four-foot long snake and $25 for each additional foot above.

The python, which measured 16 feet, 10 inches, is the biggest captured since the start of the latest round of a python eradication project conducted by the South Florida Water Management District, WFOR reported. The local record was a snake measuring at about 18 feet, two inches in length and weighing about 160 pounds.

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Crum and his crew also captured 78 eggs, so they definitely helped cut down on the growing snake population.

The female python weighed in at 130 pounds.

So, this one snake, does it make a difference?

Hunters receive an additional $100 for each eliminated python found guarding nests with eggs.

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