This is just WAY too close to home... 🤭🐍
About 35 miles west of Miami, in the Florida Everglades, catchers Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis found a record-breaking monster and this is good news for wildlife in the area. The 18-foot, 9-inch Burmese python was endangering native birds, plants, and other small animals so this is a big win for the Python removal agents working with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Ron Bergeron said in an email regarding the capture: "Together with our partners and the public's help, we can restore the Everglades and combat the harmful pythons that hurt Florida’s native wildlife."
The public can also help control nonnative invasive wildlife by reporting sightings to the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IveGot1 (888-483-4681), online at IveGot1.org, or by using the free smartphone app IVEGOT1.