Hunter snags 16-foot python in Everglades snake hunt


Not only does Dusty "Wildman" Crum enjoy what he does, but he also likes what it does to his wallet. Crum believes the 16-foot, 10-inch python was pregnant and perhaps injured by another animal.

Dusty Crum is an orchid-grower and spare-time python catcher who caught the snake this week, local media reported.

A python hunter has reeled in a colossal catch in the Florida Everglades, and his wrestle with the huge snake was caught on camera. The South Florida Water Management District pays hunters $8.10 an hour to catch and dispose of pythons in an effort to protect the Everglades. But there are other incentives too, starting at $50 dollars for a four-foot long snake, $25 for each additional foot above.

"Whoo! 16-10, baby! Man that's a big one!" Crum's massive python netted him $375 from the water district - about the same selling the skin.

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"Biggest snake I ever caught in my life right here". Crum's snake weighed 130, which is still extremely terrifying.

Florida's wildlife commission announced at the beginning of May new prizes and plans to hire additional contractors to boost python removals from state-managed lands.

"We're making a difference by taking the eggs out of the ecosystem", said Wildman.