Florida Boys Wrangle and Catch a Wild Python as Tall as a Giraffe

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Published: August 17, 2023

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In the Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida, hunters from the area this week bagged a 19-foot Burmese python. It is the biggest one ever documented. Jake Waleri is a 22 year old from Naples. He captured a wild python in July of 2023.

He brought the animal the Conservancy of Southwest Florida there. The snake, which was 19 feet long and 125 pounds, according to local officials, broke all the records they had on file for length of a Burmese python!

As the young man drags the snake into the roadway by its tail, the python lunges at him in a clip that showcases his impressive catch. Before others came in to assist with getting the snake under control, Waleri and the serpent grappled on the ground.

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes on the planet. If that’s not enough, they are an invasive species that has invaded the majority of southern Florida. As a result of the lack of pythons’ natural predators in the state of Florida, they are causing devastation to the native wildlife of the state. 

Waleri devotes his evenings to pursuing these terrifying hunters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claims that because of the grave risk that these reptiles bring about, both hunters and locals are allowed to kill them. 

Anti-cruelty rules, nevertheless, which mandate that hunters kill serpents humanely, are in place.

Are Burmese Pythons Dangerous?

Burmese Python

Burmese pythons can have up to 120 teeth!

Burmese pythons have been known to bite in self-defense. The majority of the time, these snakes are not a threat to humans. Larger Burmese Pythons, on the other hand, have exceptionally sharp teeth, and bites that can result in severe wounds.  

Dogs and cats can also be easily consumed by these massive creatures. Almost all snake bites happen when a python is purposefully disturbed. Burmese pythons generally hide out in thick jungles to avoid being discovered. 

These snakes can assault an attacker swiftly if they are trapped. Burmese pythons may bite the perpetrator and cling on while squirming and constricting if they are caught or restrained. However, these reptiles are not hostile, and they only strike in self-defense in extreme cases.

Where Do Burmese Pythons Live?

Aerial View of Florida Everglades Golden Hour Sunset

The Florida Everglades is home to over 20 species of snakes!

Parts of China, Burma, Thailand, and the Malay Archipelago are all home to these snakes. While they can thrive in a range of habitats, including prairies, marshy areas, swamps, and rugged hillsides, Burmese pythons prefer to reside in rainforests close to waterways.  

Populations rely on a reliable water supply. Burmese pythons have been discovered in and around agricultural land, canals and lakes, grasslands, mangrove swamps, housing developments, and throughout the Everglades in Florida.

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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