Anorak | On the Florida Everglades python hunt (photos)

On the Florida Everglades python hunt (photos)

by | 15th, January 2013

THEY’RE python huntin’ in Florida’s Everglades. The hunters are after immigrant snakes.

The  National Park Service ,   Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission  and the  South Florida Water Management District  want pythons eradicated from the  Everglades National Park  and  Big Cypress National Preserve .

The Times spots Mark Massingham, 46, a software-marketing specialist from Hatfield in Hertfordshire. He says, encouragingly of tracking beast that eat alligators:

“I’ve never been hunting before.”

What with there being no sea wasp boxy jellyfish, Great White Sharks or lions, the novice hunter should opt to follow Burmese pythons.

The best time to hunt the pythons is between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. 

Pro python hunter Greg Graziani has tips. His stated method is to grab the snake’s tail and hang on:

“I let it strike five to seven times. Each strike became more labored. I wait for it to tire itself out.”

Go that, Mark Massingham? You use only your bare hands.

“Python Dave” Leibman is another pro:

“I am stunned the state is allowing people to come out here with machetes and guns. Even though they’re not a cute cuddly dog or kitty cat they have feelings, too.


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