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HORRIFYING footage revealed a near 18-foot python lying across a US road after it was caught by three amateur hunters.

Three men caught a female Burmese python, weighing 104 pounds, on Wednesday night in South Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve.

5Three men caught the female Burmese python, weighing 104 poundsCredit: FOX4 5They caught the python in South Florida's Big Cypress National PreserveCredit: FOX4

Jake Waleri, Joshua Laquis and Stephen Gauta were driving through the preserve hunting for pythons when they rolled up to the lengthy reptile on US-41.

Speaking to Fox affiliate WFTX-TV, Stephen Gauta - one of the hunters who captured the snake - recounted the fight with the python lasting more than five minutes.

Gauta explained: "You know when you grab their heads, they try and pull you towards the middle of their bodies so they can wrap you up.

"I had to fight that pull towards the middle of her body while Jake controlled the rest of her body to keep it from wrapping around.”

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Joshua Laquis, who witnessed the other two hunters fight with the serpent, recounted feeling "pure adrenaline" when they spotted the snake.

"I can’t even remember the first 10 seconds of it. We all jumped out of the car screaming," Laquis said.

The group caught the Burmese python - which is considered an invasive species in the state - after they noticed it lying across the road they were driving on.

Jake Waleri, who drove the vehicle, told the news outlet: "These big snakes are called 'South Florida speed bumps' for a reason and I know why now.'

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Waleri estimated the snake - which was captured by him and his cousin Gauta - to be between 15 and 20 years old.

The python marked the 31st snake caught by Waleri and Gauta.

Waleri recounted hearing about a hunter who saw a "monster snake" crossing the road in the same area just days before they caught it.

"We caught it in the exact same area that he reported," he added. "We thought about this snake for the last couple of days and we were able to come across it last night. It was just a crazy experience."

They caught the snake just days before the 2022 Florida Python Challenge.

The competition begins began at 8am on August 5 and ends at 5pm August 14.

Waleri joked saying his hunting group was "getting closer to the big leagues, adding: "We are an amateur to catch this snake is just insane. It would have been great if we would have caught it two days from now during the hunt but there are other big ones out in the glades.”

According to the US Geological Survey: "Non-native Burmese pythons have established a breeding population in South Florida and are one of the most concerning invasive species in Everglades National Park.

"Pythons compete with native wildlife for food, which includes mammals, birds, and other reptiles.

"Severe mammal declines in Everglades National Park have been linked to Burmese pythons."

5Burmese pythons are considered an invasive species in FloridaCredit: FOX4 5The snake was caught just days before the 2022 Florida Python ChallengeCredit: FOX4 5The three amateur hunters found the female pythons on US-41Credit: FOX4

Meanwhile, a young boy tragically died days after being bitten by a rattlesnake in Colorado.

Simon Currat, six, was attacked on July 5 and went into a coma before he died five days later.

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Padres try to stop 3-game road skid, play the Dodgers

San Diego Padres (61-49, second in the NL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (74-33, first in the NL West)

Los Angeles; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.30 ERA, .99 WHIP, 127 strikeouts); Dodgers: Tyler Anderson (12-1, 2.89 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 94 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Dodgers -135, Padres +115; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The San Diego Padres will attempt to break their three-game road losing streak in a matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 74-33 overall and 37-15 in home games. The Dodgers have a 56-4 record in games when they scored five or more runs.

San Diego has a 30-26 record on the road and a 61-49 record overall. Padres hitters are batting a collective .241, which ranks ninth in the NL.

The teams meet Sunday for the 10th time this season. The Dodgers lead the season series 7-2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mookie Betts leads Los Angeles with 25 home runs while slugging .535. Trea Turner is 12-for-42 with three home runs and eight RBI over the past 10 games.

Juan Soto ranks third on the Padres with 41 extra base hits (18 doubles, two triples and 21 home runs). Jurickson Profar is 14-for-41 with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Dodgers: 9-1, .289 batting average, 2.02 ERA, outscored opponents by 43 runs

Padres: 6-4, .256 batting average, 4.09 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

INJURIES: Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw: 15-Day IL (back), Justin Turner: 10-Day IL (abdomen), Brusdar Graterol: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Daniel Hudson: 60-Day IL (acl), Edwin Rios: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Walker Buehler: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kevin Pillar: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tommy Kahnle: 60-Day IL (forearm), Blake Treinen: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Victor Gonzalez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Danny Duffy: 60-Day IL (hand), Jimmy Nelson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Dustin May: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Padres: Craig Stammen: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Drew Pomeranz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Matt Beaty: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Pierce Johnson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Austin Adams: 60-Day IL (forearm), Fernando Tatis Jr.: 60-Day IL (wrist)


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