18-foot-8-inch python caught in South Florida

This May 15, 2013 photo provided by the University of Florida shows unidentified staff next to a dead Burmese python on the campus in Gainesville, Fla. The python, the longest ever caught in the state, measured 18 feet, 8 inches and weighed 128 pounds. It was caught along a South Florida road on May 11, 2013. The University of Florida researchers performed a necropsy on the female snake and found no eggs. (AP Photo/University of Florida)
This May 15, 2013 photo provided by the University of Florida shows unidentified staff next to a dead Burmese python on the campus in Gainesville, Fla. The python, the longest ever caught in the state, measured 18 feet, 8 inches and weighed 128 pounds. It was caught along a South Florida road on May 11, 2013. The University of Florida researchers performed a necropsy on the female snake and found no eggs. (AP Photo/University of Florida)

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife officials say a Burmese python nearly 19 feet long has been captured in South Florida.

It’s a new record for the longest Burmese python caught in the wild in Florida. The previous record was a 17-foot-7-inch python caught in August in Everglades National Park.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the 18-foot-8-inch snake was caught May 11 alongside a road in rural Miami-Dade County.

Wildlife officials said Monday that a Miami man spotted about 3 feet of the snake sticking out of the roadside brush. He grabbed it and started dragging it into the open. When the snake began to wrap itself around his leg, he called to his friends for help and then used a knife to kill it.

The python weighed 128 pounds.

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