CBSNews Snake wranglers Nick Banos and Leonardo Sanchez had a career-making catch during a hunt in the Florida Everglades on Saturday when they wrestled a 15-foot, 144-pound python into submission. The pair spotted the snake in the brush on the side of a levee where the trees meet the water. It quickly bolted into the bushes and trees when Sanchez jumped to grab it. “We had to fight it in those trees to get it out,” Banos, 24, told CBS News. “This snake can easily take out a 170-pound man.” After a few minutes, the hunters were able to take control of the python. One man grabbed the top of its neck, the other carried the tail. “You have to make sure you have it stretched out,” Banos explained. “Otherwise it’s going to be hard to keep control.”
An invasive population of pythons have become a huge problem in Florida, especially the famous Florida Everglades, where they have become an apex predator which is destroying the natural ecosystem. So many people in Florida had pet pythons that escaped, or released pythons into the wilderness that they could no longer care for, that the pythons have established a breeding population which experts say will be impossible to eradicate. In Florida, pythons are eating alligators and vice versa, but are also destroying populations of other native animals like raccoons and whitetail deer. It’s only a matter of time until one of these giant snakes attacks a child or even an adult, as we just saw in Indonesia, where a 23-foot-long python attacked and swallowed a full grown man whole.
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