The snake measured almost 13 feet long and was full of eggs
Check out this massive Burmese python captured by a group of iguana hunters in the Florida Everglades.
Video footage of the hunters capturing the 12-foot-10-inch snake was posted to the Iguana Man YouTube channel. Raj Deonarine, aka Iguana Man , is an iguana removal specialist who shares his iguana hunts through his social media outlets.
Deonarine and his friend Edwards happened upon this massive python while exploring the Everglades National Park in search of reptiles.
The footage shows them catch a small invasive anole before stumbling upon a much more concerning invasive species — a massive Burmese python in an underground concrete structure.
Edwards climbs down into the structure, which is swarming with bees, and grabs the snake by the tail. He and Deonarine then pull the large snake out. The two are obviously elated over the size of the snake, which is the largest one Deonarine says he’s ever captured. They bag the snake and stick it in the back of a vehicle.
“Although the snakes reach massive sizes, they are masters of camouflage and are extremely elusive,” Deonarine wrote under his video post. “A 10-foot snake can hide in one of the thousands of bushes seen as driving in the Everglades. You’ll never see it. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time in a little bit of luck. The statistics is one python spotted every 50 to 100 hours spent looking. This python was captured after 150 hours total of searching. It’s proof that these Legends do exist.”
Later video footage shows them measuring the large snake, which they determine to be a female with eggs, and another small snake.
“Pythons are considered the new apex predators in the Everglades,” Deonarine says in the video footage. “These snakes can grow up to 20 feet long and consume prey as large as alligators, deer, hogs, and even humans.”
In fact, pythons are one of the most concerning invasive species in the Everglades. They compete with native wildlife for food and are responsible for mammal declines in the park. It is estimated that there are between 100,000 and 300,000 pythons in the Everglades.
Female Burmese pythons can lay up to 100 eggs in a season, so capturing and killing this one helps the park ecosystem.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.