A Florida man (not shown) used a 9-inch knife to kill an 18-foot Burmese Python last month. Since Florida isn’t California, he even got an official thanks for helping rid the state of the largest Burmese Python ever captured in North America. Burmese Pythons, in addition to being large, aggressive and goddamned terrifying, are also an extremely destructive invasive species. There are several morals to this story, including ‘WTF Was He Thinking,’ ‘He’s Lucky He Wasn’t In California’, and ‘Bring Enough Knife‘ . . .
From NBC News:
Leon, a college student studying marine biology, said he was riding ATVs with friends in a rural area on May 11 when one of them spotted about three feet of snake sticking out of some brush.
Leon, who used to keep snakes, had never seen a python in the wild and decided to get up close and personal with this one. It wasn’t until he yanked him out that he realized how big it was.
As he held it by the neck, the female wrapped around his leg once, then twice and then headed for his waist. He kept grappling with it until he became worried it might sink its razor-sharp teeth into him.
A friend handed him a nine-inch knife and he sunk it into the snake, he said.
Two days later, Leon called wildlife officials, who took the snake and confirmed it was a record-setter. He agreed to donate the skeleton but has been promised the skin, which he plans to tan and put on his living room wall.
Officials said they are grateful the python is no longer roaming the wild and that Leon was not hurt.
“Anytime people are dealing with wildlife, we recommend they use common sense,” Segelson said. “If you’re going to approach a Burmese python of this size, you should have an understanding of what it takes to euthanize it.”
While knives are extremely useful tools, I think a Ford F-150 with studded snow tires would have been a better tool for taking out a nightmare-inducing monster like this one.
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