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Python hunter captures 17-foot snake with his bare hands


“The Wildman” Catches The Biggest Ever Snake In The Florida Everglades

Dusty “The Wildman” Crum caught the biggest ever snake in the Florida Everglades and that too with his bare hands. The Python was a 17ft monster and had 78 eggs inside it. He is a part of a Python eradication project being conducted in South Florida for which he is paid by the District.

He described it as ‘like Andre the Giant versus Hulk Hogan, WrestleMania!’ The District pays $8.10 per hour plus bonuses to those who capture these deadly creatures.

He has caught many snakes, including the 50th Burmese python in the program which was broadcast live on Facebook on April 25.

Dusty ‘The Wildman’ Crum (pictured), holds an almost 17-foot long python he captured while traipsing through the Florida Everglades

Crum is participating in a project started two months ago by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) with a goal of eradicating pythons. This python is the biggest caught since the program launched in March, measuring at 16-feet, 10 inches

SFWMD pays hunters $8.10 per hour. Depending on the size of the snake, there is an additional on-the-spot payment of $50 for pythons measuring up to four feet long and an extra $25 for each foot measuring more than four feet – Crum (pictured) earned $375 for his catch

Found inside the python were 78 eggs (pictured), which were removed to prevent any being born

So far, 78 snakes have been removed from the Everglades. The district says a program like this is important because pythons are a massive and growing problem, in south Florida (SFWMD members are pictured transporting the python)