Florida man wrangles alligator of a 10-foot python’s deadly grip in the Everglades

In just a year, a Florida resident has saved, three alligators of pythons as he hunts and traps of the hoses for the state.


A Everglades alligator owes his life to a Florida trapper after it was rescued from the suffocating clutches of a 10-foot python.

Mike Kimmel, owner of Martin County catch and Removals and Martin County Wildlife Rescue, came the huge python in the dark night of the Everglades all around a 4-foot alligator this weekend.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, She was seen flashing lights on the python out of the bushes and kept it up until he had the smaller alligator, who quickly scampered away.

The released alligator has a number of company; Kimmel, told Fox News it was the third he is rescued from a python in the past year.

Kimmel has been commissioned by the South Florida Water Management District for about a year, tasked with the hunting and the removal of the pythons. In the past year, he said more than 1,070 pythons have been removed by hunters, and he lays anywhere from two to six per night.

“Born and raised in Florida, I love the Everglades, I love the outdoors and I love everything we have here,” he said. “When I see what the pythons have done to the Everglades, it is something I cannot stand and look.”


“They are a big problem. The Everglades are sick to begin with,” he continued. “On top of everything, you have this invasive predator that has nothing else to check besides the man. It eats and kills everything. The indigenous flora and fauna, we have never had to deal with a cryptic predator such as python. They don’t have the instincts or defense mechanism.”

As you can see in the video, Kimmel catches pythons life and keep them that way until he’s ready to give them over to the state. He said that he will follow Florida’s guidelines to euthanize them in a humane way.

Florida officials will then be the study of the weight, the dimensions and the contents of the python before the reptiles back to Kimmel. He gets paid a premium for the snakes, ” he said.


“The way these pythons to spread, to me, is what makes them dangerous,” he said. “I try to make the protection of the Everglades.”

Kimmel said the python in his viral video is found in an area just outside Fort Lauderdale, about five to 10 km to the west of the Everglades Park.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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