HORRIBLE footage has revealed a nearly 18ft long python lying across a road before being caught by three amateur hunters.
The three men caught the female Burmese python weighing 104 pounds Wednesday night at Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida.
Jake Waleri, Joshua Laquis and Stephen Gauta were driving through the reserve hunting for pythons when they rolled onto US-41 towards the long reptile.
Speaking to Fox subsidiary WFTX-TV, Gauta recounted the fight with the python, which lasted more than five minutes.
Gauta explained: “You know, when you grab their heads, they try to pull you into the middle of their body so they can wrap you up.
“I had to fight that pull to the middle of her body while Jake controlled the rest of her body to keep from wrapping around her.”
Laquis, who witnessed the other two hunters’ fight with the snake, reported that he felt “pure adrenaline” when they spotted the snake.
“I can’t even remember the first 10 seconds. We all jumped out of the car screaming,” Laquis said.
The group caught the Burmese python – considered an invasive species in the state – after realizing it was lying across the road they were driving.
Valeri, who drove the vehicle, told the news outlet, “These big snakes are called ‘South Florida Speed Bumps’ for a reason and I now know why.”
Valeri estimated the snake’s age at 15 to 20 years.
The python was the 31st snake captured by Valeri and Gauta.
Valery said he heard from a hunter who saw a “monster snake” crossing the road in the same area just days before he caught it.
“We caught it in the exact same area he reported,” he added.
“We’ve been thinking about this snake for the past few days and encountered it last night. It was just a crazy experience.”
They caught the snake just days before the 2022 Florida Python Challenge.
The competition starts on August 5th at 8am and ends on August 14th at 5pm.
Valery joked, saying his chasing squad “got closer to the big leagues,” adding, “We’re happy.
“As an amateur, catching that snake is just crazy. It would have been great if we caught them hunting in two days, but there are other large snakes out in the Glades.”
According to the US Geological Survey: “Alien Burmese pythons have established a breeding population in South Florida and are one of the most worrying invasive species in Everglades National Park.
“Pythons compete for food with native wildlife, including mammals, birds and other reptiles.
“The severe mammal decline in Everglades National Park has been linked to Burmese pythons.”
Meanwhile, a young boy tragically died days after being bitten by a rattlesnake in Colorado.
Six-year-old Simon Currat was attacked on July 5 and slipped into a coma before dying five days later.
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