Florida just can’t stop over-the-topping itself.
Self-proclaimed “snakeaholics” Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis have tracked-down an 18.9-foot Burmese python, setting a new record in the Sunshine State over the previous one set by a serpent that was just one-tenth of a foot shorter.
Both members of Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Python Action Team, the two found the female snake slinking through the swampy Everglades region — and filmed the capture on October 2, just before midnight. The effort to pull the creature out of “waist-deep water” in the dark took “every ounce of strength” they said.
“I have never seen a snake anywhere near this size and my hands were shaking as I approached her,” Pavlidis wrote on Facebook. “Every python we catch can be potentially dangerous, but one this size? Lethal. One mistake, and I am for sure going to the hospital.”
“But more importantly, this is a once in a lifetime snake. I could go out every