INDIANTOWN, Fla. - This is definitely a brag-worthy catch.
A Florida snake-hunter recently caught a massive python measuring about 17 feet long. Based on the footage he shared, the snake didn’t go down easy and it definitely got in some hits of its own.
Mike Kimmel is a state-contracted python hunter who gets paid by the state and receives bonuses based on the length of snake he catches, the Palm Beach Post reported. Even if that wasn’t the case, coming across a 17-foot-long python would still be pretty exciting.
Kimmel shared a photo on Instagram of the massive snake wrapped around his body. In the post, he explained that he found the snake around 11 a.m. According to him, he noticed the snake “almost immediately as soon as we crossed paths.
“She definitely was not afraid of me,” Kimmel wrote, “and started to slowly cruise through the vegetation as I carefully walked next to her trying to gauge exactly how large she was... because of all the grass and weeds it was hard to tell but I could tell she was an absolute monster.”
Yesterday’s solo #Everglades islands python hunt was another one for the books! At 8am I headed out into the swamp on my 14’ jon boat in search of an invasive #ManEater and at 11am I found her.... she wasn’t coming without a fight lol. I noticed her almost immediately as soon as we crossed paths, I could barely contain my excitement. She definitely was not afraid of me and started to slowly cruise through the vegetation as I carefully walked next to her trying to gauge exactly how large she was... because of all the grass and weeds it was hard to tell but I could tell she was an absolute monster. Her being tangled in vegetation makes the capture that much more difficult, a snake this size will use the vegetation as leverage and can literally pull you into the swamp, no stopping 150lbs of SOLID muscle. I knew going for her head first would be the easiest and safest capture method but I couldn’t turn down the chance to grab her by the tail and dance with the devil herself! As soon as I grabbed ahold of her I sealed my fate lol... no turning back now, she was coming for me! She immediately started to battle it out, taking strikes and pulling me into some tall grass with her, making it difficult to dodge her strikes... she was able to successfully get a bite on me. Only got me once but that’s all it took... I was punctured quite deep on my bicep and forearm, piercing an artery and hitting some nerves, I was lucky she didn’t latch on and that I was able to pull out of it. After loosing about a gallon of blood, lol, I was able to tire her out and get her under control. I then used a snake bag I had on my waist to tourniquet my arm because I was getting worried about how much blood I was loosing, better safe then sorry. I then had to drag all 150lbs of her alive, working to control my breathing so I didn’t pass out from blood loss and the extreme heat that day, I would have been screwed. After getting her to my boat, where my suppressed .22 pistol was, I was able to euthanize her before leaving (I didn’t have the proper bags for live transport because she was too large lol). Unofficial measurement: 17’ WITH kinks #RECORDBREAKER? Videos and more info to come!!
Kimmel described grabbing the snake, which he said was 150 pounds of muscle. Unfortunately, during the struggle, the python bit Kimmel.
He wrote, “[She] only got me once but that’s all it took... I was punctured quite deep on my bicep and forearm, piercing an artery and hitting some nerves, I was lucky she didn’t latch on and that I was able to pull out of it.”
Fortunately, Kimmel was able to use the snake bag he brought along as a tourniquet. He eventually dragged the snake back to his boat, where he said he had a suppressed .22 pistol. After euthanizing the snake, he was able to get an unofficial measurement of 17 feet.