By Josie October 20th, 2023
Jack Cronin encountered a massive python, marking his initiation into the world of snake hunting.
Other than wrangling a Python being on his bucket list, he was also participating in the Florida Python Challenge.
This annual contest, backed by the state, encourages both professional and novice hunters to remove these invasive reptiles from Florida’s ecosystem.
Despite the snake’s significant size advantage, Jack’s determination led to a victorious capture.
The snake, a monstrous 15-foot-6-inch leviathan, weighed over 100 pounds, its length surpassing that of an SUV when uncoiled.
Its size is one of the main reasons there is an urgent need for interventions to control its burgeoning population.
Their rapid multiplication and lack of natural predators have led to a decrease in native wildlife populations.