Record-breaking python catchers explain why trapping invasive snakes is critical to Florida’s ecosystems
A nearly 19-foot-long Burmese python weighing 104 pounds is caught in the Florida Everglades by two men. News 6 Anchors Matt Austin and Ginger Gadsden spoke with Ryan Ashburn and Kevin “Snakeaholic” Pavlidis on this week’s edition of Florida’s Fourth Estate podcast about their record-breaking catch. We spoke to this duo of python wranglers not long after the catch about what it was like to find a Burmese python this size in the Everglades. Both have been bitten numerous times so they’ve learned how to safely escape the strong jaws and razor sharp teeth of the Burmese python. Listen to the full episode of Florida’s Fourth Estate on iTunes here or on Sticher here.