On Friday, snake hunters Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis captured a record-breaking Burmese python in Florida. The female python has been measured to be 18ft 9.25inches long.
Pavlidis shared the story on his social media by posting a photo of him and his team with the enormous python. He wrote, “On Friday night we pulled this BEAST of a snake out of waist deep water in the middle of the night, deep in the Everglades.”
Further adding, “I have never seen a snake anywhere near this size and my hands were shaking as I approached her. Every python we catch can be potentially dangerous, but one this size? Lethal. One mistake, and I am for sure going to the hospital. But more importantly, this is a once in a lifetime snake. I could go out every single night for the rest of my life and never see one this big again.”
Kevin Pavlidis also shared that it was “a battle” for him and his team of professionals to get the snake under control. Also saying, “Really I am just incredibly grateful for this opportunity and an experience I will never forget. Realize what you have when you have it and cherish the experience in the moment.”
His colleague Ryan Ausburn also shared the fascinating news about their capture. He wrote, “So, around 11 pm last night, deep deep into the glades I spotted that always distinct pattern. On the back side of the tree line in the water. I knew she had some size but it wasn’t until we walked to the waters edge did I realize how big.”
“Usually one of us would go for the head. But her head was a good 3-4 feet out in the water,” he further added. “Odds are I’d create ripples that would spook her long before getting close to her. So I made the call to grab her by the tail, and secure her while @snakeaholic starts working for the head. As I grabbed her by the rear end and started pulling her she immediately turned back and anchored herself around a tree.”
Talking about how difficult it was to grab the python, he said, “It took every ounce of strength to keep her from slipping away while @snakeaholic was going for her head. He quickly got control of the head and made the decision to hand her over to me. I then kept fighting to keep her from pulling her head loose while @snakeaholic kept her from wrapping me up. It may not look like it, but it was an absolute battle.”
Later on, the team shared the news that the Burmese python had broken state records. Kevin Pavlidis wrote in another post that they just “finished our official measurements. She [the python] clocked in at 18ft 9.25inches.”
Kevin and Ryan work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and help manage the wildliffe population in Florida!