MIAMI -

A South Florida man caught the largest Burmese python ever found in Florida on Sunday.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said Jason Leon, of Hialeah, found the 18-foot, 8-inch beast while riding in a rural area in southeast Miami-Dade.

Leon said he stopped his car, grabbed the snake from behind its head, and started dragging it out of the brush.

The snake fought back and wrapped itself around Leon's leg.

Leon called for help and another person killed the snake with a knife.

Veterinarians at the University of Florida examined the female snake and said it was 128 pounds and not carrying any eggs.

The previous record for the longest Burmese python captured in Florida was 17-feet, 7-inches.