Florida Huntress Nabs Huge Python That Slithered Under Man’s Driveway

“Now that’s a big snake!”

VIDEO: Glorianne Boyd of Quick Catch says she loves any and all outdoor adventures and always willing to jump in to help in any situation, including this culvert under a residential driveway! Glorianne insists she is having “tons of fun” on this venture and loving the opportunity to be able to team up with her husband Ryan to ensure Quick Catch’s mission of safely removing unwanted wildlife.

America’s python problem is no longer limited to the Everglades. The dramatic capture above took place in a beach town just eighteen miles southeast of Jacksonville.

NOT what family wanted for Christmas

Large python caught in Key Largo

Dec 20, 2019

A Key Largo family had an unwelcome holiday visitor in their yard this week — a 9-foot long Burmese python.

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission went to the home Monday night and captured the invasive snake, according to an FWC press release.

The officers took the snake back to the FWC base at Whale Harbor in Islamorada and “dispatched” it, said Officer Bobby Dube, spokesman for the FWC. The officers chopped its head off, he said.

Pythons have become a major environmental problem since they were introduced to South Florida in the 1980s, mostly by pet owners who realized they couldn’t take care of a wild animal that can grow close to 20 feet.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Billy Thompson, Zack Hoppe and Dylan Weichhan hold a 9-foot Burmese python that they caught in a Key Largo yard Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. FWC

The snakes took to the climate here, and their population in the Everglades has exploded to an estimated 30,000, wildlife officials say.

The main problem with them is they prey on native wildlife and have no natural predators to keep their numbers in check.

The state has upped its budget to combat the infestation to about $1 million, and plans to hire 50 trained contractors to hunt them in six counties.

The python population in the Keys is also growing and posing a serious threat to native wildlife. State and federal officials say pythons, as well as feral cats, are making it difficult for the endangered Key Largo woodrats and cottonmice to make a rebound. Source | Fair Use. 

In case you missed it … 

Python strangles woman in Indiana home with 140 snakes owned by sheriff, autopsy says

Lafayette Journal & Courier, Nov 1, 2019

Bad Idea File: This woman was tragically found dead of “asphyxia due to strangulation by a snake.”

OXFORD, Ind. – An 8-foot reticulated python found wrapped around the neck of a 36-year-old mother of two and strangled her in an Oxford house that was designed specifically to house 140 snakes, an autopsy revealed Friday.

The preliminary cause of death for the woman — Laura Hurst, of Battle Ground, Indiana — was asphyxia due to strangulation by a snake, according to an autopsy released by Indiana State Police.

Benton County Sheriff Don Munson, who owns the snake house, found Hurst on the floor with the python loosely wrapped around her neck.

Munson and medics were unable to revive Hurst, according to an Indiana State Police account. ISP officials say Hurst kept snakes in the house, among Munson’s collection … Read more.

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