Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Here's video of a guy named 'The Wildman' catching a nearly 17-foot-long pregnant python in the Everglades

A man pulled a pregnant python out of the Everglades earlier this week that was nearly 17 feet long.

The snake is the biggest to be captured during this snake hunting season, according to a report from cbsmiami.com., though the largest snake ever captured in the Everglades was 18 feet, 2 inches.

The one captured by Dusty "The Wildman" Crumm measured 16 feet, 10 inches and weighed a whipping 130 pounds.

"Biggest snake I ever caught in my life right here," Crumm said as he pulled the snake out of the woods, also adding: "It's like Andre the Giant versus Hulk Hogan, Wrestlemania."

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Better yet, the snake was pregnant with 78 eggs. Pythons are an invasive species in the Everglades. The snakes are eating animals, birds and even wrestling with gators, which is harming the Everglades' ecosystem.

"We're making a difference by taking eggs out of the ecosystem," said Crumm, who grows orchids as a day job but is a part-time snake 'rassler.

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The payday also wasn't bad: CBS Miami said he made about $375 from the South Florida Water Management District, which is holding the snake hunt. He'll get a similar amount for the skin.

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