() Not only does the 18-foot, 8-inch Burmese python caught by Jason Leon this month weighing 128 pounds beat the state record in Florida, but the story of how he brought down the female snake is pretty impressive as well.

Picture by: FWC/Splash News

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Leon was driving in a rural area of Miami-Dade County with a passenger when they spotted just three feet of the snake sticking out alongside the road. While many would have kept driving upon seeing the massive python, Leon stopped, grabbed it behind the head and began dragging it out of the brush. Leon had previously owned Burmese pythons, which are not venomous, and had some experience handling them.

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