Snake hunters capture 17-foot python in Florida, which was first mistaken for an alligator

By TravelWiseNov 12, 2023 15:20 PMNews
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Snake hunters capture 17-foot python in Florida, which was first mistaken for an alligator
5 hunters caught 17-foot python. Source: Instagram/mike_2lf

Five men, including professional snake catchers and amateurs, captured a 17-foot python in Florida, USA. This species is not native to the sunshine state and is considered invasive because of its negative impact on local wildlife.

The fight with the reptile was "crazy" and "surreal". The men who captured the second largest snake ever caught in Florida told Fox 35 News.

The participants of the "battle" with the python did not hunt together but accidentally came across it at the same time. It was so big that the hunters accidentally decided that they were facing an alligator due to the darkness.

Snake hunters capture 17-foot python in Florida, which was first mistaken for an alligator
The fight with the reptile was called ''crazy''. Source: Instagram/mike_2lf

"I was holding it by the head. My son grabbed its tail. And the other three guys piled on in the middle. And with all five of us sitting on top of it, it still lifted her body off the ground and kept moving," conservationist Mike Elfenbein said.

Snake hunters capture 17-foot python in Florida, which was first mistaken for an alligator
Five men caught a python. Source: Instagram/mike_2lf

The python's head was the size of a soccer ball. The participants called the landmark hunt "crazy."

This is the second largest snake caught in the state, but the men did not plan to become record holders.

Mike Elfenbein told reporters that he wanted to leave the skull of the giant specimen on display.

This species of snake is considered invasive because there are no predators in the state's natural habitat that can hunt them. Caring people catch pythons to help nature fight the invasion of this species, which can lead to irreparable consequences.

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