My 17'3 Foot Python
I caught this giant girl by myself in July of 2020. She measured 17'3 and weighed 110lbs. I caught her on US 41 between SR29 and the Oasis Center in Big Cypress. She wasn't a record, but she was my personal best! The record for the longest Burmese Python caught in Florida is 18'9.
This is the news clip of the catch!
This is the YouTube Video of the catch!
Here’s how it happened....
I was going about 25 miles an hour down the highway around midnight. I caught a glimpse of her in the treeline. I pulled the truck over and jumped out. Pythons are incredibly camouflaged and that’s what makes it so hard to find them. I spotted her pattern through the grasses, and then I saw her head. It was freaking gigantic. I had never caught a python that big before, let alone by myself!
I had my ‘head bag’ with me. It’s a small black drawstring bag that fits right over the head of the snake. It’s a method I came up with out of necessity. I can’t over power a snake that big (most people can’t). I had to be a bit creative to make the python easier to handle. When I put the bag over the head, it calms them down and disorients them because they can’t see through it, or sense heat. I have an extra layer inside so they can’t bite. I had to jump on her and hold on behind her head. She fought to shimmy backwards into the swamp, but I dug my heels in...literally...I was using my legs to out muscle her. I was able to put the bag over her head and she stopped fighting.
So there I was, sitting on top of a python in a ditch on the side of the highway that sloped just enough so cars couldn’t really see me. I had no idea how big this python was because I couldn't see the majority of her body. I was gathering my energy to pull her up out of the ditch but I had no idea how I would get her into the back of my truck. Luckily I saw my friends drive by so I yelled out for them. They pulled over and asked what the heck I was doing. I told them I was sitting on a python and I needed their help. They looked at each other like I was crazy and then they saw her. They couldn't believe how big she was and that I caught her by myself. They helped me pull her out and load her in the truck. It was such an incredible night!!