Say you’re riding along late at night in rural southeast Miami-Dade County, Florida, and you see a big python coming out of the brush.
Jason Leon of Miami answered (b) and wound up with the longest Burmese python ever captured in Florida. It measured 18 feet, 8 inches.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
On May 11, Leon and his passenger saw the python as they were riding along. About 3 feet of the snake was sticking out of the roadside brush. Leon stopped his car, grabbed the snake behind its head and started dragging it out of the brush.
When the snake began to wrap itself around his leg, he called for assistance from others and used a knife to kill it. Leon, the report said, once owned Burmese pythons as pets and has experience handling the nonvenomous constrictor species.
Leon reported his python capture to the FWC and the python was turned over to the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, where a necropsy was performed.