The Burmese python is a huge problem for Florida. Ever since the first were released by pet owners or escaped from a snake farm, the Everglades have been attacked by these huge snakes with no natural predators. This is where the state’s full-time python hunters make their living. Python Cowboy on YouTube is one of the most notable hunters, having fought huge snakes over 15 feet in the past. In today’s video, he checks a series of islands for signs of python activity. It’s hard work, sometimes requiring them to crawl on hands and knees through thick underbrush. They depend on their dog to check every square inch for signs of invaders.
It’s the Cowboy’s lucky day. Because they come across an adult female snake protecting a huge clutch of 49 eggs. Locating the nest was the easy part. Then comes the delicate task of capturing the female, who defends her nest spectacularly. Luckily, the Snake Hunter eventually captures her and puts her in a bag. From there he can loot the nest and start counting. Let us warn you that there is language in the video.
This is the kind of scenario that most professional Florida snake hunters like to find themselves in. Mainly because the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission offers extra incentives for finding breeding-age females, and more for egg clutches. With 49 eggs on this nest, that’s a ton of native birds, reptiles, rodents, and maybe even deer and alligators saved from invading pythons.
Python hunting looks like hard work. It’s not easy to go through swamps and thickets like that looking for these snakes. Kudos to these guys for putting in the extra time and effort to find and eradicate these invaders. It’s probably slow due to the grip the snakes already have on Florida, but every little bit helps in a sensitive ecosystem like the Everglades.