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Video shows hunter wrestling with largest python ever found in Florida

By T.K. Randall
July 15, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments

Burmese pythons are a major problem in parts of the US. Image Credit: Everglades NPS
The snake, which measured 5.79 meters in length, proved quite a challenge to catch.
The Burmese python was first introduced in the Florida Everglades in the 1980s and has since gained a significant foothold, resulting in a major decline in raccoons, opossums and bobcats as well as the near total disappearance of some rabbit and fox species.

Wildlife officials have spent years attempting to remove the reptiles from the region - a feat easier said than done due to their enormous size and seemingly endless numbers.

This latest example, which was caught next to a road, proved quite the struggle for the hunter who launched himself at the creature.
Fortunately, with the help of his colleagues, he was eventually able to subdue the snake.

You can check out the clip for yourself below.

Source: IFL Science | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Hawken 11 months ago
For a minute I thought the snake was going to put the squeeze on him. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hankenhunter 11 months ago
Chop it up, and feed it to the gators, and other wildlife they're displacing.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Abramelin 11 months ago
We humans do the same thing as the snake.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hankenhunter 11 months ago
Yeah,  you're right. We are much, much worse than the snakes. At least they're trying to ameliorate a problem they created. Thanks for the perspective. A thought. Will the super abundance of prey, combined with the favorable climate, create a super python, or will a balance be reached eventually?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Abramelin 11 months ago
If they are going to do what I read somewhere long ago - reintroduce jaguars - things might go downhill for the pythons. Jaguars can kill large anacondas. But I don't think jaguars will ever be reintroduced in Florida/Everglades.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cho Jinn 11 months ago
You think that’s long?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles 11 months ago
I hope they had a hatchet to chop off its head.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 11 months ago
Somewhat related:   EVERGLADES, Fla. – A record-breaking 111 python eggs were removed from a nest in the sensitive Florida Everglades ecosystem. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the clutch from the large invasive Burmese python was removed by Brandon Rahe. "That number makes it the largest active nest ever found by a wild caught python," Rahe said in an Instagram post. "I’m lucky enough to have found 2 active nests so far, helping to remove future generations of monster snakes where they don’t belong." Rahe said the snake is being released back into the wil... [More]

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