15-foot python captured in Florida Everglades

By Daniel Uria  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:55 AM
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April 4 (UPI) -- A pair of snake trappers in Florida managed to capture a massive python as part of a program to reduce the population of the invasive species.

Nicholas Banos and Leonardo Sanchez spotted and managed to capture the 15-foot invasive Burmese python in the Everglades on Saturday.

"I saw a little gloss, and I saw a big square, brown patch and automatically, I knew what it was," Sanchez said.

Banos said Sanchez began yelling "python, python!" as the two worked together and began wrestling with the giant snake.

"I started to try to pull it, so it wouldn't go into the water, and the snake just turns straight around and beelines toward my face. That's when he came in, and he jumped from behind and grabbed it by the head, and he even got nipped a couple times," Banos said.

Banos and Sanchez were two of 25 people chosen to participate in the new South Florida Water Management District's python challenge program to remove the invasive species.

Participants are paid $8.10 an hour as well as incentives for python's larger than four feet, beginning at $50 and increasing by $25 for each additional foot.

"A lot of people are just sick that they are here in the first place," Randy Smith of the water management district said. "There's not a lot of sympathy for the python."

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