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FWC Trapper Catches Massive 17-Foot Burmese Python in Florida Everglades

Trapper Catches 17-Foot Burmese Python in Florida Everglades
Screenshot: "Only in Florida @pythonswampman catching a monster python" via omgitswicks, youtube.

Over the weekend, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) trapper Matthew Kogo captured a massive 17-foot Burmese python in the Everglades, near the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area.

The Mighty Python

Trapper Catches 17-Foot Burmese Python in Florida Everglades
Screenshot: “Only in Florida @pythonswampman catching a monster python” via omgitswicks, youtube.

Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia and have become an invasive species in Florida, wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. Watch the video here.

Invasive Species Impact

Trapper Catches 17-Foot Burmese Python in Florida Everglades
Screenshot: “Only in Florida @pythonswampman catching a monster python” via omgitswicks, youtube.

These predators eat a variety of animals, from deer to alligators, and have significantly reduced some mammal populations by 90%.

Florida Python Challenge

Trapper Catches 17-Foot Burmese Python in Florida Everglades
Screenshot: “Only in Florida @pythonswampman catching a monster python” via omgitswicks, youtube.

To combat the growing python population, Florida hosts the annual Python Challenge, encouraging people to hunt these invasive snakes. Watch the video here.

Kogo’s Techniques

Trapper Catches 17-Foot Burmese Python in Florida Everglades
Screenshot: “Only in Florida @pythonswampman catching a monster python” via omgitswicks, youtube.

Kogo shared his techniques, saying, “Gotta let her work, as my Brazilian jiu-jitsu friends say. Gotta let ’em work,” while managing the enormous snake. Watch the video here.

Summer Snake Season

Trapper Catches 17-Foot Burmese Python in Florida Everglades
Screenshot: “Only in Florida @pythonswampman catching a monster python” via omgitswicks, youtube.

Summertime, with its warm and humid conditions, is prime time for snake activity in the Everglades.

Handling the Python

Ball Python (Python regius) wrapped on a limb. Image via Depositphotos.

Kogo demonstrated skill and patience, switching hands to avoid fatigue while handling the python.

A Moment to Enjoy

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Kogo advised, “When ‘snaking,’ it’s important to take the time, enjoy the moment,” reflecting on the unique experience of capturing such a large predator.

Be Like Kogo

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For those inspired by Kogo’s feat, Florida is still accepting applicants for the upcoming Python Challenge.

Threat to Native Wildlife

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Burmese pythons pose a significant threat to Florida’s native wildlife, making efforts like the Python Challenge crucial for ecosystem balance.

FWC’s Role

Python head close up.
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The FWC plays a key role in managing and reducing the python population through initiatives like the Python Challenge.

The Video

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“Only in Florida @pythonswampman catching a monster python” via omgitswicks, youtube.

Community Involvement

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The Python Challenge also serves to raise awareness and involve the community in wildlife conservation efforts.

Handling Large Pythons

Python lying in the sun on the grass. Python Image via Depositphotos.

Kogo’s capture of the 17-foot python highlights the challenges and skills required to handle such large, dangerous animals.

The Python’s Habitat

python moves at surprising speed
Brown Python.
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The Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area is a known habitat for these invasive pythons, making it a key area for trapping efforts.

Future Efforts

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Ongoing efforts to control the python population in Florida remain critical to protecting the state’s native wildlife and ecosystems.

How to Participate

Close up photo of a reticulated python.
Image by Susanne Jutzeler via Pexels

Interested in participating in the Python Challenge? Applications are still open, providing a unique opportunity to contribute to wildlife conservation.

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