In a bloodcurdling post on Instagram, a snake hunter from Florida shared his experience of his encounter with a 17-foot long python. Mike Kimmel captured the python and shared a picture of the snake wrapped around his body on Instagram along with a video of the episode.
After heading out to the swamp earlier this week, Mike found the python at 11am. “She wasn’t coming without a fight,” he said. Describing the python as an “absolute monster”, Mike added that an intense battle between the snake and him followed soon after he caught hold of it.
“I noticed her almost immediately as soon as we crossed paths, I could barely contain my excitement. She definitely was not afraid of me and started to slowly cruise through the vegetation as I carefully walked next to her trying to gauge exactly how large she was… because of all the grass and weeds it was hard to tell but I could tell she was an absolute monster,” Mike said in his post.
The python, in fact, bit him as well and he lost a “gallon of blood” due to it.
“Her being tangled in vegetation makes the capture that much more difficult, a snake this size will use the vegetation as leverage and can literally pull you into the swamp, no stopping 150lbs of SOLID muscle. I knew going for her head first would be the easiest and safest capture method but I couldn’t turn down the chance to grab her by the tail and dance with the devil herself,” he said.
“As soon as I grabbed a hold of her I sealed my fate lol… no turning back now, she was coming for me! She immediately started to battle it out, taking strikes and pulling me into some tall grass with her, making it difficult to dodge her strikes… she was able to successfully get a bite on me. Only got me once but that’s all it took… I was punctured quite deep on my bicep and forearm, piercing an artery and hitting some nerves, I was lucky she didn’t latch on and that I was able to pull out of it. After losing about a gallon of blood, lol, I was able to tire her out and get her under control,” he added.
After grasping the python, he managed to control the blood flow with the help of a snake bag. Mike, thereafter, dragged the python all by himself to his boat and managed to euthanise her.
“I then used a snake bag I had on my waist to tourniquet my arm because I was getting worried about how much blood I was losing, better safe than sorry. I then had to drag all 150lbs of her alive, working to control my breathing so I didn’t pass out from blood loss and the extreme heat that day. After getting her to my boat, where my suppressed .22 pistol was, I was able to euthanize her before leaving,” he said in his post.
The internet is stupefied and posted about it in the comments section. “You are unreal. That could’ve been a deal breaker but you did it. You need your own show,” a user said.
This is incredible!