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    (CNN)Deer, raccoons, possums, and fox once flocked the area of the Everglades National Park in south Florida.Nowadays, you're lucky if you spot one mammal in the area, according to wildlife experts.Who's to blame for this decline in wildlife? The invasive species known as Burmese pythons.To help combat this problem against Florida's ecosystem, snake hunters are congregating in the hundreds for the Florida Python Challenge. The event, created by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, started in 2013.Florida putting squeeze on invasive snakes with Python Challenge hunt"I love snakes. I hate that we have to do this, but they're invasive and changing the entire ecosystem." professional python hunter Amy Siewe told CNN.Read MoreAccording to the commission, these reptiles were detected as early as 1979 in Florida."They were introduced to Florida through accidental and intentional release through the pet trade," a spokesperson with the commission told CNN Friday.Since then, they've killed and continue to pose a major threat to wildlife.The event brings hundreds of professional snake hunters to the Everglades to hunt and kill the reptiles. As of Friday, more than...
    HORRIFYING footage revealed a near 18-foot python lying across a US road after it was caught by three amateur hunters. Three men caught a female Burmese python, weighing 104 pounds, on Wednesday night in South Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve. 5Three men caught the female Burmese python, weighing 104 poundsCredit: FOX4 5They caught the python in South Florida's Big Cypress National PreserveCredit: FOX4 Jake Waleri, Joshua Laquis and Stephen Gauta were driving through the preserve hunting for pythons when they rolled up to the lengthy reptile on US-41. Speaking to Fox affiliate WFTX-TV, Stephen Gauta - one of the hunters who captured the snake - recounted the fight with the python lasting more than five minutes. Gauta explained: "You know when you grab their heads, they try and pull you towards the middle of their bodies so they can wrap you up. "I had to fight that pull towards the middle of her body while Jake controlled the rest of her body to keep it from wrapping around.” Read More On Snake Attacksdeadly attack Boy, 6, dies after rattlesnake bite...
    More than 800 competitors will be trudging through the Florida Everglades for the next eight days, in search of invasive Burmese pythons that will bring in thousands of dollars in prize money. The python hunt officially began Friday morning and runs through 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, according to officials who gathered in Miami to kick off the annual event. “This is significant because every python removed is one less invasive species preying on our native birds, mammals and reptiles,” said Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis. Since 2000, more than 17,000 pythons have been removed from the Everglades ecosystem, according to a news release. Burmese pythons, which are not native to Florida, prey on birds, mammals and other reptiles. A female python can lay as many as 100 eggs a year. Cash prizes of up to $2,500 are available in both the professional and novice categories for those who remove the most pythons, officials said. There are additional prizes for the longest python in each category. Each python must be dead, with hunters facing disqualification if they kill them inhumanely...
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced it successfully raided a python nursery, capturing two massive females, 23 eggs and dozens of hatchlings. Matthew Rubenstein, an officer for the commission, and python contractor Alex McDuffie found two nesting areas in Big Cypress National Preserve, located in South Florida. The pair first snagged a 10-foot female Burmese python while it sat on 23 unhatched eggs and 18 new hatchlings slithering nearby. McDuffie reported to Rubenstein that upon returning to the same site the following evening, he removed a second breeding female that measured 17 feet, six inches long. Scroll down for video  Matthew Rubenstein (pictured), an officer for the commission, and python contractor Alex McDuffie found two nesting areas in Big Cypress National Preserve ‘The pythons and unhatched eggs were removed from the sensitive habitat, helping to prevent future negative impacts to our native wildlife,’ FWC shared in a Facebook post about the events, which occurred Monday and Tuesday - the announcement was made Thursday. The team was led to the python nursery on July 11 when McDuffie was...
    (CNN)She's massive, invasive and covered in scales: A record breaking 215-pound, 18-foot-long Burmese python has been captured in Florida.The python is the heaviest ever captured in the state, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced on Wednesday.The huge reptile was captured by the conservancy as part of its invasive Burmese python research program. Biologists found the female by tracking a male "scout snake" named Dionysus with a radio transmitter. Males are attracted to the largest females, according to the conservancy. So by following a breeding male like Dionysus, they can find and remove large breeding females and their eggs.Ian Bartoszek, a project manager for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley caught and euthanized the huge female python before hauling her back to their field truck last December.Read MoreBartoszek says that they didn't realize just how large the snake was until they weighed her at the lab. There was "collective disbelief" when they realized she was a whopping 215 pounds, breaking the previous record of 185 pounds for a Burmese python captured in Florida.Pythons might become...
    Biologists made multiple record-breaking discoveries when they tracked down the heaviest Burmese python known to be found in Florida. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced Wednesday it found the 215-pound female Burmese python measuring nearly 18 feet in length in December. Wildlife biologists at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida announced Wednesday, June 22, 2022, that it found in December a 17.7-foot and 215-pound female Burmese python captured by tracking a male scout snake in Picayune Strand State Forest, a region of the western Everglades in Florida. (Conservancy of Southwest Florida via AP) “This season we tracked a male scout snake named Dionysus, or Dion [with a radio transmitter implanted inside] to a region of the western Everglades that he frequented for several weeks,” said Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the largest female we have seen to date.” CASEY DESANTIS UNVEILS NEW INITIATIVE TO PROTECT FLORIDA PARENT FREEDOMS Inside...
    THE largest python ever found has been discovered outside its native habitat, in the Florida Everglades, stretching nearly 18 feet. The python was nearly 18 feet long and over 215 pounds, with the widest part of her body measuring 25 inches, as reported by National Geographic. 5Researchers found a record-breaking 122 eggs inside the 18-foot pythonCredit: Maggie Steber, National Geographic 5The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which found the reptile, works to eliminate invasive species from the ecosystemCredit: Maggie Steber, National Geographic 5Researchers often use male pythons as bait to catch the females. Pictured is the record-breaking female pythonCredit: Maggie Steber, National Geographic 5The average Burmese python can reach 8 to 10 feetCredit: Maggie Steber, National Geographic 5Burmese pythons can swallow large animals, including deer. Pictured is the skeleton of a Burmese pythonCredit: Maggie Steber, National Geographic Scientists found hoofs in her digestive tract, suggesting the python had eaten a white-tailed deer. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida caught the record-breaking snake last December by using a technique to lure female pythons. Dion, a male "scout snake" led the...
    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials said. The female python weighed in at 215 pounds (98 kilograms), was nearly 18 feet long (5 meters) and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said in a news release. The team used radio transmitters transplanted in male “scout” snakes to study python movements, breeding behaviors and habitat use, said Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the conservancy’s program. “How do you find the needle in the haystack? You could use a magnet, and in a similar way our male scout snakes are attracted to the biggest females around,” Bartoszek said. The team used a scout snake named Dionysus — or Dion for short — in an area of the western Everglades. “We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the largest female we have seen to date.” Biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley helped capture the female snake and haul it through the woods...
    NAPLES, FL -- Florida researchers found a nearly 18-foot long, 215 pound python, the largest ever found outside its native habitat. Pythons are native to Southeast Asia. They're an invasive species in Florida. They were brought there in the 1970s, likely in the exotic pet trade.During an April necropsy, the record-breaking python's head measured nearly 6 inches from the tip of her snout to the back of her skull. The widest part of her body measured 25 inches. Researchers Ian Bartoszek (left), Ian Easterling, and intern Kyle Findley (right) carry record-breaking snake. (Photo: Maggie Steber, National Geographic) Maggie Steber, National Geographic The python had hoof cores in her digestive tract, which researchers say indicates her last meal was an adult white-tailed deer.When the researchers weighed the snake, they couldn't believe it."I thought the scale was broken," intern Kyle Findley said.Florida Fish & Wildlife has killed or removed more than 15,000 pythons since 2000, but ultimately nobody knows how many more are living in and damaging the state's ecosystem.To help track down the pythons, researchers use scout snakes or snitch snakes:...
    MIAMI (AP) — Flanked by a huge writhing snake, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that the annual prize-winning hunt for invasive Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades will begin Aug. 5. People must register to participate and complete an online training course for the event, which typically draws hundreds from across the country. Last year’s “Python Challenge” involved more than 600 people from 25 states, DeSantis said at a news conference in the Everglades. Behind the Republican governor, it took three people to hold a live, 10-foot (3-meter) female python as a demonstration. The snakes have virtually no natural enemies in the Everglades and have decimated native populations of mammals, birds and other reptiles. “These pythons are a threat to the Everglades,” DeSantis said. “Let’s reel in some pythons.” The hunt begins Aug. 5 at 8 a.m. and ends Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. Prizes include $2,500 for the most pythons captured and $1,500 for the longest snake. Last year, the first-prize winner captured 223 pythons, while the $1,500 winner bagged a snake that was more than 15 feet...
    A trail camera captured a rare moment when a bobcat attacked and stole a Burmese python's eggs in Florida - the first time an animal was recorded attacking a Burmese python in the Everglades.  The bobcat was roaming around the Big Cypress National Preserve - roughly 50 miles from Miami - June 1 when he found a nest of 42 python eggs. The US Geological Survey (USGS) camera recorded it biting the python eggs, then popping its head up to look around every few seconds.  The python was nowhere to be seen. At one point, the animal seemed scared, rearing back before leaving the nest. It left, but then came back later that night and sat next to the eggs keeping watch before taking off again.  The next morning, the animal returned and began covering the nest with underbrush, picking up sticks and brushing leaves over it. Then it sat on top.  After leaving the nest for the day, the bobcat came back to find the 85-pound, 14-foot python next to it, soundly sleeping. The bobcat turned back and headed...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Rare video shows a hungry Florida bobcat raiding the unguarded nest of an invasive Burmese python for eggs and a battle that followed in the thick of Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades. It’s believed to be the first time any animal in Florida has preyed on python eggs, and the first evidence of any animal in the Everglades fighting back against a Burmese python. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Stormy Afternoon, Some Could Include Heavy RainfallThe trail cam video was captured by U.S. Geological Survey cameras starting in June of 2021 and for the first time, show a bobcat eating eggs from a Burmese python nest. The native bobcat can be seen on June 1 approaching the unguarded nest and eating the eggs. The bobcat even returned the next day and digs at the nest and bites more eggs. READ MORE: State Rests In Murder Retrial Of Dayonte Resiles In Murder Of Jill Halliburton Su, Case Goes To JuryWhen the bobcat returned later that same day, the python was back and the bobcat steers clear,...
    THIS is the shocking moment an alligator flipped the usual food chain and devoured a huge python. Photos show the alligator chewing on the lifeless python in the Shark Valley area of the Everglades National Park in Florida. 1The huge python made a tasty snack for the hungry alligatorCredit: Facebook/ Explore Big Cypress Pythons are considered an invasive creature in the Everglades, with the large snakes blamed for creating havoc to the South Florida’s ecosystem. “This generally doesn’t happen. For a gator to eat prey this big he/she has to tear it into bite-sized pieces - and a python doesn’t tear easily,” the South Florida Wildlands Association posted December 30. “Often the gator is hopelessly wrapped up by the python and in the process of being swallowed before it even knew what happened,” the association wrote. “We’re hoping that our native Florida gators have learned a trick or two and will become a first line of defense against this extremely destructive invasive.” It’s not clear though if just one alligator dined on the python or if several gators took turns...
    A video of a snake trapper teaming up with him mom to remove a large python that was stuck inside his car's tire has gone viral. Snake trapper Mike Kimmel, who goes by the nickname Python Cowboy, shared a video of him and his mom pulling out a large python stuck in his cars right rear tire the week before Thanksgiving. The 29-second TikTok, titled 'Thanksgiving in Florida,' starts with Kimmel's mom bravely holding onto the giant reptile's tail behind a car parked in a garage while he grabs onto the head of the python hanging out the tire barrel.  Scroll Down For Video:  The TikTok titled 'Thanksgiving in Florida' starts with Kimmel's mom bravely holding on to the snake's tail while he grabs onto the head of the python   @pythoncowboy Thanksgiving in Florida 路‍♂️ #snakesgiving #thanksgiving #snake #fy #florida #mom ♬ Baby Elephant Walk - Henry Mancini TikTok Privacy Policy As she tugs, Kimmel's mom notes 'My hands are greasy,' while Kimmel shimmies and maneuvers the trapped snake's head.  After a few seconds of effort, Kimmel frees the...
    A mother and son have gone viral for their python removal team-up, which was captured on video and uploaded to TikTok five days before Thanksgiving. Snake trapper Mike Kimmel, aka Python Cowboy, shared the 29-second clip of him and his mother freeing a long python from a car tire. While the clip doesn’t reveal how the snake slithered its way into the tire’s barrel, its head is poking out from the rear right wheel. SNAKE CATCHER REMOVED A GIANT PYTHON AFTER A COUPLE REPORTED THEIR CLOGGED DRAIN: 'NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING' Kimmel’s mother can be seen bravely pulling the python’s tail on the side where the car’s trunk is while her son works to push the snake’s head through the barrel. "My hands are greasy," Kimmel’s mother notes as she continues to pull — all while donning an apron and flip-flops. Onlookers cheer Kimmel and his mom on as they get the snake out from their car and open garage.           ALLIGATOR SWALLOWS SMALLER ALLIGATOR WHOLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA: SEE THE VIDEO "Nice job, Mom," Kimmel says in congratulations....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Police say a 7-foot-python looking for a joyride snuck onto a sailboat in the Florida Keys and ended up staying on board until the boat reached the state’s southwest Gulf Coast. The crew found the snake in the boat’s shower after docking Friday in Marco Island on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast after the trip from Indian Key. READ MORE: Miami Tops World In Annual Jump In Luxury Home PricesPolice quickly responded and transferred the invasive snake into the custody of a local wildlife handler, according to a news release. The police department posted multiple photos of a uniformed officer grinning wildly on the boat with the python coiled multiple times around his arm. In May, an “8-foot-long-plus” python was captured on a boat in Coral Gables, the Miami Herald reported. READ MORE: Parkland Activists Heal Over Years While Pushing Gun ReformPythons believed to be descended from pets freed from captivity over past decades are now ravaging native species in parts of South Florida and overrunning the Everglades. The pythons, which can grow to 20 feet (6.1 meters)...
    MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A python looking for a joyride snuck aboard a sailboat in the Florida Keys and ended up staying until the boat reached the other side of the Sunshine State, police said. The crew found the 7-foot (2.1-meter) snake in the boat’s shower after docking Friday in Marco Island on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast after the trip from Indian Key. Police quickly responded and transferred the invasive snake into the custody of a local wildlife handler, according to a news release. The police department posted multiple photos of a uniformed officer grinning wildly on the boat with the python coiled multiple times around his arm. In May, an “8-foot-long-plus” python was captured on a boat in Coral Gables, the Miami Herald reported. Pythons believed to be descended from pets freed from captivity over past decades are now ravaging native species in parts of South Florida and overrunning the Everglades. The pythons, which can grow to 20 feet (6.1 meters) and 200 pounds (90 kilograms), are devouring native mammal and bird populations. The U.S. Geological Survey...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Invasive Burmese pythons have decimated native mammal populations in the Greater Everglades ecosystem for years, but a new partnership aims to expand the battle against the elusive predators. With the help of funds from Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s Conserve Wildlife license plate grants, biologists at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have added 10 “scout” snakes into its Burmese python research and removal program. READ MORE: State Argues Judge Should Reject COVID-19 Records Case Ian Bartoszek, a wildlife biologist with the Conservancy, said he started the collaborative research project and developed the program over the past eight years and has been able to grow it the last two seasons thanks to help from the foundation and the Naples Zoo. Conservation Associate Mady Eori with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida holds a 15-foot, 125-pound female Burmese python in the Picayune Strand State Forest. The Conservancy collaborates with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Collier-Seminole State Park and Big Cypress National Preserve for its regional program. Recent efforts for the scout program have been within the boundaries of...
    Uninvited guests are the worst. A woman in Florida said she found a large snake in the bathroom of her new apartment. While that would have been shocking enough, she claims she may have been living with the reptile for much longer than she realized. Ali Skipper believes that snake likely spent most of its time hiding under her fridge, while she was completely unaware that it was in the apartment. (Ali Skipper) Ali Skipper moved into the apartment in Orlando’s Baldwin Park area several weeks ago, Fox 35 reported. Unfortunately, the previous resident apparently left behind a 4-foot ball python that Skipper never noticed. TEXAS POLICE JOKE ABOUT ARRESTING ALLIGATOR FOR ‘SWIMMING NAKED’ IN POOL She said she believes the snake likely spent most of its time hiding under her fridge, while she was completely unaware that it was in the apartment. It wasn’t until she woke up last Friday to find the snake curled up on her bathroom sink, Skipper told Fox 35. She took to Facebook to ask for help, writing, "There is a snake...
    As Florida’s annual python hunt kicked off Friday, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell had a truly entertaining interview with Donna Kalil, one of the state’s certified “python removal agents,” who described for the shocked hosts exactly how she catches the giant snakes with her bare hands. Burmese pythons, a non-native species to Florida first introduced by people releasing unwanted pets into the wild, have had a devastating impact on the Everglades. They grow to an average length of 12 feet and have been known to reach over 18 feet in the wild. The voracious reptiles’ appetite leaves local animals at a severe competitive disadvantage — for both the species the pythons target as prey and the other predators who find their food source wiped out. Kalil was the first Florida woman to become a state-licensed python removal specialist, Blackwell said to introduce her, asking about what sort of troubles the snakes were causing. The pythons have eaten about 98% of the animals in Everglades National Park, said Kalil, “and they’re w0rking their way north and we’re trying to stop...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s unique contest that truly belongs only in Florida! Friday, the Florida Python Challenge kicks off and this year participants have a shot at winning $10,000. To date, more than 450 people have signed up to for the competition to remove invasive Burmese pythons from the one-of-a-kind Everglades ecosystem. READ MORE: Florida Man Finds Megalodon Tooth On The Beach After Tropical Storm Elsa The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), South Florida Water Management District and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida host the Florida Python Challenge to increase awareness about invasive species and the threats they pose to Florida’s ecology. The annual competition encourages people to get directly involved in Everglades conservation through invasive species removal. Participants in both the Professional and Novice categories can win prizes for removing the most and longest Burmese pythons. The $10,000 Ultimate Grand Prize will be awarded to the eligible participant who removes the most pythons as part of the 10-day competition. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: How Do You Opt Out Of Advance Monthly Payments? People interested...
    Jimmy Kimmel called Florida "America's North Korea" during a recent broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC. The comedian went after the Sunshine State, and particularly Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for the state's recently announced "python challenge," where participants win prizes for capturing large snakes in an effort to protect the Everglades wetlands. "In America’s North Korea, the Sunshine State, from time to time we enjoy taking a look at what’s going on and tonight we are doing it again in a Governor DeSantis edition of this week in Florida," Kimmel said before playing a clip of DeSantis announcing the challenge, prompting the comedian to joke that "all the prizes are pythons." HANNITY SLAMS 'IGNORANT' JIMMY KIMMEL FOR COMEDIAN'S COMMENTS ABOUT CAITLYN JENNER DeSantis praised the python challenge as instrumental in "protecting, restoring and preserving the Everglades for future generations." "At my direction, the state has taken unprecedented steps to increase python removal, including hosting the Python Challenge annually, and expanding access for python hunters to 134,000 acres of state parks and the Big Cypress National Preserve," he continued. "As...
    Comedian Jimmy Kimmel compared Florida to North Korea on his show Thursday night during a monologue slamming Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “In America’s North Korea, the Sunshine State, from time to time we enjoy taking a look at what’s going on and tonight we are doing it again in a Governor DeSantis edition of this week in Florida,” Kimmel said. He then played a clip of the governor announcing the “python challenge,” where participants win prizes for capturing the most or the largest snakes. (RELATED: Florida Official Who Promoted DeSantis Conspiracy Theories Announces Run For Governor) Alleged comedian Jimmy Kimmel calls Florida “America’s North Korea.” pic.twitter.com/uGzutPLxC4 — The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 4, 2021 “I am proud to be here today in the Everglades as we kick off registration for the 2021 python challenge,” DeSantis said. “Participants who remove the most pythons and who capture the longest pythons will receive prizes.” “Unfortunately all the prizes are pythons,” Kimmel joked. “So it’s a python-athon going on there in Florida.” DeSantis drew criticism after lifting all of Florida’s coronavirus restrictions...
    Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the start of registration for the 2021 Python Challenge — an annual contest for catching Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The event will be held from July 9 to 18 and is expected to include prizes for both pro and amateur python hunters. The amount of $2,500 will go to the contestant who catches the most serpents, while a hunter with the longest python will receive $1,500, according to The Associated Press. In Florida we take conservation seriously and like to have fun doing it. Had a great time at the Python Bowl in South Florida helping protect the Everglades against the threat posed by Burmese Pythons. pic.twitter.com/BSww4OWEMc — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 3, 2021 “As part of my focus on restoring the Everglades, I’ve charged FWC with dedicating more resources and taking innovative approaches to removing invasive Burmese pythons, which can grow to 20 feet in length, weigh up to 200 pounds and cause major damage to (the) ecosystem,” DeSantis said at the news conference Thursday, according to WPLG. Only Burmese...
    MIAMI(CBSMiami) – Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the opening of registration for the 2021 Python Challenge in the Everglades. “This will be a ten-day challenge from July 9th until July 18th. Participants who remove the most pythons and who capture the longest pythons will receive prizes at the end of the competition,” said DeSantis. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Launching Operation Summer Heat To Crackdown On Violent Crime The governor said as part of his focus on restoring the Everglades he’s charged the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with taking more innovative approaches to remove invasive Burmese pythons, which can grow to 20 feet in length, weigh up to 200 pounds, and cause major damage to the ecosystem. “I mean, they these things will eat everything, and we spend all this money and we want to do all this stuff to restore. But yet if they’re just running roughshod over all the other species, you know, that’s not what we want,” said DeSantis. Those interested in taking part in the challenge can register at flpythonchallenge.org. All Florida Python Challenge participants...
    Two runners in Georgia stumbled across a rather large group of snakes alongside a popular Big Creek Greenway trail. Lydia du Preez captured a Facebook video of the stunning find after she and her husband stopped for a rest on a trail bridge inside the greenway, according to Storyful – a social media intelligence agency. Several snakes appeared to have taken residence under the trail bridge, which is situated near a small flow of running water and plenty of fallen branches. SNAKE CATCHER REMOVED A GIANT PYTHON AFTER A COUPLE REPORTED THEIR CLOGGED DRAIN: 'NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING' "There are snakes everywhere," du Preez can be heard saying in the video she shared to the Focus on Forsyth County Ga. Facebook group on Thursday, May 6. "I’ve never seen this many snakes together in one area – in one spot," she explained after pointing out multiple snakes hidden among the brown foliage. "I would like to know what types of snakes all of these are." Fox News reached out to du Preez for comment but did not immediately hear...
    A YOUTUBE snake handler nearly lost an eye after being bitten on the face by a python while filming a Steve Irwin-style wildlife video. Nick Bishop, 32, calls the three-foot-long reptile he found at Everglades National Park in Florida "a naughty little snake" in a shocking video. 5Nick Bishop was attacked in the face while he filmed a videoCredit: MDrum 5Luckily, the python didn't catch the handler's eyeCredit: MDrum In the clip he filmed, the LA handler can be seen holding the snake as the Burmese python - which is native to Southeast Asia - sinks its fangs into his arm multiple times in order to defend itself.  Mr Bishop tells his viewers: "He's munching on me." But all of a sudden, while the handler talks to the camera, the snake lurches towards his face, sinking its fangs just above his eye. Fortunately, the man had a lucky escape with the reptile's fangs sinking into his eyebrow and not his eyeball. In the video, Mr Bishop can be seen having blood pouring from above his eye. Despite being attacked, he tries...
    This is the shocking moment blood pours from a snake handler's face after a three-foot-long python strikes at his eye.  In the footage Nick Bishop, 32, a reptile enthusiast from Los Angeles who calls himself 'The Wrangler', is seen holding the snake he found whilst scouring the Everglades National Park in Florida.   As Mr Bishop talks to the camera enthusiastically about his wild find, the Burmese python, native to Southeast Asia, makes repeated lunges at him in order to defend itself. The reptile manages to sink its razor sharp fangs into the handler's arms several times, as Mr Bishop casually tells viewers 'he's munching on me' and calls the creature a 'naughty little' snake. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Florida man, 30, 'pulled his grandfather's severed EARS from... Ghislaine Maxwell's brother Ian says she's a 'patsy' for... Share this article Share However Mr Bishop is stunned when the snake suddenly lurches towards his eye, sinking its fangs into his eyebrow and narrowly missing his eyeball.  The wrangler is left with blood pouring from above his...
    This snake oil is no “snake oil.” The invasive Burmese python has become a big problem in the US, especially in swampy states such as Florida. But when it comes to coronavirus prevention, these giant snakes may be part of the solution — thanks to their medicinal snake oil. Reptile hunters who once sought to reduce the out-of-control python population in the Everglades are now tracking the predators for an entirely new reason — in pursuit of their abundance of squalene, a lipid produced by the body’s sebaceous glands. The substance has become a key ingredient in the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines. “There’s some really healing properties in the snake,” said Dusty Crum, aka the “Wildman,” according to Tampa Bay’s Fox 13. “If you go back in traditional medicine, they’ve been using python and python components for thousands of years,” he told a reporter last month. Squalene is naturally occurring in many plants and animals, including humans, and frequently used in skin care and cosmetics already as an emollient and skin-shielding antioxidant. In terms of its medicinal...
    A researcher and python hunter by the name of 'The Wildman' have joined forces to explore what they believe could be used against the coronavirus - and it is hiding in the Florida Everglades. Python hunter Dustin Crum and Daryl Thompson, a researcher, and entrepreneur with Global Research and Discovery Group out of Winter Haven, are looking to the invasive Burmese python to use its squalene, which stimulates a stronger immune response when added to vaccines. Squalene is a naturally occurring oil-like substance found in nature and is commercially extracted from fish oil, particularly from shark liver. However, extracting it from sharks has become a controversial topic among animal activists, but the Burmese python is wreaking havoc on the Everglades and wildlife officials are looking to remove the creature. Crum also notes that one 10-foot snake has enough to make about 3,500 vaccine doses. Although the World Health Organization deems squalene safe for vaccines, it is not on the Food and Drug Administration's list of ingredients in the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Scroll down for video  The invasive Burmese python...
    By SONIA OSORIO, The Miami Herald MIAMI (AP) — For most people, encountering an 18-foot-long python can be a terrifying experience. For Donna Kalil, who left her lucrative job as a real estate agent to become a hunter of the powerful snakes, it’s “a very exciting thing.” Kalil decided to start capturing Burmese pythons in the Everglades after reading a story in the Miami Herald about one of the snakes blowing up when it swallowed a 6-foot alligator after a confrontation in 2005. She realized there was a problem with these snakes, although she did not know how big it was, and she turned her life upside down to help remove pythons in the fragile Everglades ecosystem, where they are an invasive species. Pythons have a tremendous impact on native Florida wildlife. They prey on 24 species of mammals and 43 species of birds. They also eat alligators, according to data from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Burmese pythons established themselves in Florida as a result of escaped or released pets and were first discovered in the Everglades nearly two...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A woman who gave up her lucrative real estate job to become a hunter of the state’s monster pythons says it’s a way to give back to the community. Donna Kalil decided to start capturing Burmese pythons in the Everglades after reading a story in the Miami Herald about one of the snakes blowing up when it swallowed a 6-foot alligator after a confrontation in 2005. RELATED: Man Injured In West Kendall Shooting She realized there was a problem with these snakes, although she did not know how big it was, and she turned her life upside down to help remove pythons in the fragile Everglades ecosystem, where they are an invasive species. Pythons have a tremendous impact on native Florida wildlife. They prey on 24 species of mammals and 43 species of birds. They also eat alligators, according to data from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Burmese pythons established themselves in Florida as a result of escaped or released pets and were first discovered in the Everglades nearly two decades ago. They have become the...
    ZOLFO SPRINGS (CBSMiami/AP) – It took two cousins and a lot of muscle to capture of a 16-foot, 300-pound Burmese python spotted slithering on their Central Florida property. Aaron Brown told Fox13 that he was recently driving down the street near his home in Zolfo Springs when he spotted the large snake, the station reported on Wednesday. RELATED: City Of Miami Honors Black Pioneer Alexander C. Lightbourne At Commission Meeting “I drove past it and said, ‘That’s a big snake.’ I had my mother with me and she said, ‘Well, get out and get it.’ I said, ‘You get out and get it. If that joker catches me, you can’t help me,'” Brown told the television station. Brown called his cousin, William Wilkinson, and the two of them, along with Wilkinson’s son, Hunter, worked to hook and shoot the snake after it moved into a culvert. “Once we got him pulled out, it was like, ‘My God! What a snake!'” Wilkinson said. At about 16 feet and 300 pounds, the python was the largest reported snake to be found in...
    ZOLFO SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida cousins recently captured a huge Burmese Python after spotting it slithering on their property in central Florida. Aaron Brown told Fox13 that he was recently driving down the street near his home in Zolfo Springs when he spotted the large snake, the station reported on Wednesday. “I drove past it and said, ‘That’s a big snake.’ I had my mother with me and she said, ‘Well, get out and get it.’ I said, ‘You get out and get it. If that joker catches me, you can’t help me,’” Brown told the television station. Brown called his cousin, William Wilkinson, and the two of them, along with Wilkinson's son, Hunter, worked to hook and shoot the snake after it moved into a culvert. “Once we got him pulled out, it was like, ‘My God! What a snake!’” Wilkinson said. At about 16 feet (4.8 meters) and 300 pounds (136 kilograms), the python was the largest reported snake to be found in the area. Wilkinson said that the family had never seen anything that big...
    Two Florida cousins say they have wrangled a 300-pound, 16-foot-long Burmese python on their family property outside of Tampa.  The massive snake -- which is the biggest ever reported to be found in Zolfo Springs -- was first spotted on the side of the road by Aaron Brown, who then called in his cousin William Wilkerson for help, according to Fox 13.  "Once we got him pulled out, it was like, 'My God! What a snake!'" Wilkerson told the station.  The snake recently captured in Zolfo Springs, Fla. (Courtesy Aaron Brown and William Wilkinson) TWITTER LIGHTS UP WITH UFO TALK AFTER LIGHT SEEN IN FLORIDA SKY, TURNS OUT TO BE NAVY MISSILE  The pair hooked and shot the snake before learning it weighed hundreds of pounds and was 16 feet, 4 inches long, Fox 13 reported.  "We measured him and laid him down and the two kids down beside him to get a rough idea and ended up finding a tape measure," Wilkerson said.  One hundred eggs were found inside the snake, part of an invasive species, Fox 13 reports. (Courtesy Aaron Brown and William Wilkinson) CLICK HERE...
    CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – It may not have set a new record, but a giant Burmese python found slithering outside of a Coral Gables home shook up residents just the same. Alicia Perez Carillo and her family spotted the giant snake outside their home near San Souci Drive and Ingraham Highway on Thursday, January 7. Carillo says at first sight, the reptile appeared to be getting some sun on a chilly day. Giant Burmese python captured outside Coral Gables home on January 7. (CBS4) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says in cooler weather, people are more likely to encounter pythons as they sun themselves trying to get warm. After spotting the unwanted visitor, Carillo’s husband stood on the balcony of the home to track the python’s movement while also tracking down an agency to help remove it. They were extremely concerned about the snake because they have kids who enjoy playing outside. The Carillo’s called 311, private animal removal companies and The City of Coral Gables, but no one would remove the giant snake. Eventually, they were connected...
    A Florida python hunter used snake eggs to create Christmas cookies Arterra/Getty Images Donna Kalil, a veteran python hunter in South Florida, baked Christmas cookies with Burmese python eggs. Kalil has used various parts of Burmese pythons to create culinary dishes, including jerky and pasta meals. Pythons have been dubbed the "chicken of the Glades" by some Floridians. Burmese pythons are considered an invasive species in Florida and disrupted the Everglades' natural ecosystem. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Burmese python eggs are an unconventional choice of ingredient, but one Florida hunter used them as an unexpected ingredient for a classic holiday treat. Donna Kalil, a veteran python hunter in South Florida, prepared for Christmas with a batch of serpent-themed Christmas cookies. "Heading out to hunt tomorrow with some fresh rocky road & chocolate almond python egg cookies," Kalil wrote on Instagram, where photos of her culinary creations are intermingled with hulking reptiles.  Photos shared to her account showed the python egg-infused cookies baked to a nice golden color and shaped like slithering snakes.  A...
    BY ADRIANA BRASILEIRO, The Miami Herald WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Burmese python may not be everyone’s first food of choice for festive holiday fare — or second, third or fourth either. For starters, it’s snake. Plus, because of potentially high mercury levels, there’s still a lot of uncertainty over the health risks posed by eating South Florida’s most destructive invasive species. But one South Florida python hunter has been experimenting with what some have dubbed “chicken of the Glades” — making meals, snacks and even sweets that could give the holidays that distinctive South Florida flavor. How about python jerky, a plate of constrictor and grits for breakfast or maybe a nice Christmas cookie whipped up with snake-yolk dough? “I really like making jerky because it’s a great snack, but the meat is also good for pasta sauce and sliders, especially when mixed with some other meat like hog,” said Donna Kalil, a veteran python hunter who just bagged snake number 470 since she joined the python elimination program at the South Florida Water Management District when it...
    It’s culinary contraception. An enterprising Florida snake catcher has devised a festive way to combat the Everglades’ ever-growing Burmese python scourge — by using the reptile’s eggs to make ssssscrumptious Christmas cookies, among other dishes. "Heading out to hunt tomorrow with some fresh rocky road & chocolate almond python egg cookies," wrote Donna Kalil alongside a recent Instagram pic of the unorthodox baking ingredients. Since joining South Florida’s python eradication program in 2017, the Everglades crusader has bagged 470 of these Southeast Asian invaders, and often employs their body parts in various dishes, the Miami Herald reported. "It’s a great source of protein," Kalil explained. TIKTOK USER EXTRACTS COOKIE DOUGH FROM ICE CREAM, BAKES IT Among the most prized are the python’s leathery eggs, which the unconventional chef boils, makes into frittatas and, of course, freezes for baking cookies, like a herpetological Peter T. Hooper from the Dr. Seuss books. One of her more recent holiday-friendly creations was gluten-free rocky road and sugar hiss-mas cookies in the shape of little snakes. Prefer your snake without sweeteners? Not to worry: this serpent-slurping epicure uses...
    It’s culinary contraception. An enterprising Florida snake catcher has devised a festive way to combat the Everglades’ ever-growing Burmese python scourge — by using the reptile’s eggs to make ssssscrumptious Christmas cookies, among other dishes. “Heading out to hunt tomorrow with some fresh rocky road & chocolate almond python egg cookies,” wrote Donna Kalil alongside a recent Instagram pic of the unorthodox baking ingredients. Since joining South Florida’s python eradication program in 2017, the Everglades crusader has bagged 470 of these Southeast Asian invaders, and often employs their body parts in various dishes, the Miami Herald reported. “It’s a great source of protein,” Kalil explained. Among the most prized are the python’s leathery eggs, which the unconventional chef boils, makes into frittatas and, of course, freezes for baking cookies, like a herpetological Peter D. Hooper from the Dr. Seuss books. One of her more recent holiday-friendly creations was gluten-free rocky road and sugar hiss-mas cookies in the shape of little snakes. Kalil’s cookies have a little eggs-tra something in them.Getty Images/iStockphoto Prefer your snake without sweeteners? Not to...
    More On: snakes Python may soon be on the menu in Florida, pending safety review 8-foot python bursts through ceiling while man is in bathroom Sleeping snakes disrupt Tesla’s German factory plans UK man recovering from COVID-19 paralyzed by cobra bite in India It’s culinary contraception. An enterprising Florida snake catcher has devised a festive way to combat the Everglades’ ever-growing Burmese python scourge — by using the reptile’s eggs to make ssssscrumptious Christmas cookies, among other dishes. “Heading out to hunt tomorrow with some fresh rocky road & chocolate almond python egg cookies,” wrote Donna Kalil alongside a recent Instagram pic of the unorthodox baking ingredients. Since joining South Florida’s python eradication program in 2017, the Everglades crusader has bagged 470 of these Southeast Asian invaders, and often employs their body parts in various dishes, the Miami Herald reported. “It’s a great source of protein,” Kalil explained. Among the most prized are the python’s leathery eggs, which the unconventional chef boils, makes into frittatas and, of course, freezes for baking cookies, like a herpetological Peter D. Hooper...
    Watching a Burmese python prepare its dinner is not a pretty sight, as hunter Mike Kimmel recently discovered. He narrowly avoided becoming the main course for a 17ft-long monster he'd disturbed on a small island deep in the Everglades, the 1.5 million acres of wetlands in southern Florida. When Kimmel, a licensed python hunter, grabbed it by its tail rather than following standard procedure and holding it by its massive head, he didn't allow for the creature's huge reach. The snake sank its sharp teeth — rearward-pointing to better impale and hold prey — into his arm, slicing a vein just below his elbow and sending blood spattering everywhere. He was just seconds away from the snake wrapping its body around him and contracting its immensely powerful muscles to squeeze out his life. Instead, the lone hunter — one of the superstars of this dangerous profession — managed to tie up his bloody arm using a cloth snake bag without letting go of the writhing reptile. Mike Kimmel is pictured with the 17-foot Burmese python he caught draped around...
    Snake. The other, other white meat. Burmese pythons may soon end up on dinner tables across Florida, pending a state review of whether they’re safe to eat, CNN reported Sunday. An invasive species, the non-venomous constrictors have overrun, er, overwrithed South Florida since the 1980s, when it’s believed that the first specimen took to the Everglades as a released or escaped pet. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission already encourages locals to humanely kill any of the massive reptiles — among the largest snake species in the world, commonly 16 to 23 feet in the wild — that they come across. But now all that meat could have a use, w ith the FWC and Florida Department of Health reviewing whether mercury levels in the snakes are low enough for human consumption. “We are currently in the tissue-collection stage of the project, and COVID has pushed our timeline back a bit,” FWC spokeswoman Susan Neel told CNN. “The plan is to have most of these samples come from pythons that are caught by our contractor program.” The government’s...
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