17-foot python captured in Florida Everglades
Mike Kimmel with the 17 foot snake: (Martin County Trapping & Wildlife Rescue - Facebook)
A 17-foot python was caught in the Everglades after quarreling with a man who calls himself "Python Cowboy".
Mike Kimmel, who runs Python Cowboy's YouTube page, posted a video on his channel on Friday documenting his trip to catch the snake.
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Mr. Kimmel went to an island in the Everglades to find a Burmese python and did not see what he was looking for long after he discovered a small black snake.
"My heart started pounding," he told CNN. "I've caught big ones, but this one looked extra big."
During the 15-minute video, Mr. Kimmel, who also owns Martin County Trapping & Wildlife Rescue, managed to catch the snake, but was severely bitten by the python.
Despite heavy bleeding, Mr. Kimmel managed to pull the python back to his boat, where he put it to sleep.
He tied a scarf around his bleeding arm and reported the death to the Python Action Team in Florida.
Pythons are not native to the Florida Everglades and were first reported in the region in the 1980s, most likely due to the abandonment of animal owners.
There are an estimated over 100,000 pythons in the Everglades that kill native raccoons, otters, and occasionally alligators.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: “The Burmese python is a large non-toxic constriction that is an invasive species in Florida.
"Burmese pythons are mainly found in and around the Everglades ecosystem in South Florida, where the snake poses a threat to native wildlife."
The Florida Python Action Team pays people for removing the species from the Everglades, but Mr. Kimmel will also sell the skin online.
"I was proud to be ahead and knew I would make a good paycheck out of it," Kimmel told the sales outlet.
"But above all, a snake of this size can really do anything, so I was thrilled to get this dangerous predator out of the ecosystem."
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