A trio of hunters working to reduce Florida's worrisome python  population bagged a monstrous 17-foot-long serpent that is the stuff of  nightmares.

Jason Leon and a pair of cohorts took down the monstrous snake late last  week while taking part in the state's ominous-sounding 'Python  Elimination Program.'

The endeavor, which pays snake hunters both an hourly wage and a bonus  for big catches, is aimed at eradicating what is seen as an  out-of-control problem plaguing the Everglades

The invasive animals, which have been allowed to essentially slither  free in Florida because they are the top of the proverbial food chain,  are blamed for wiping out native wildlife in the region due to their  insatiable appetite.

More on this jaw-dropping story at the Coast to Coast AM website.