Trapper Mike Kimmel of Martin County has captured a mother python and her nest of eggs, which is a first for the state’s python program.
“That’s a huge win for conservation. Saving native wildlife, stopping the spread, and that’s really the name of the game,” said Kimmel.
Kimmel found the nest and mother in west Broward County. There were 22 eggs. Kimmel says the mom was skinny and didn’t have as much energy as most snakes he catches due to her nesting.
“I was like holy crap. This is something I’ve been looking for since I started the program three years ago,” said Kimmel.
Florida pays licensed trappers to catch and euthanize pythons, which are an invasive species that harms the Everglades ecosystem.
The state hosts a Python Bowl where professionals and amateurs compete to catch the most pythons. Trapper Mike won this year's competition.
Kimmel keeps a Youtube channel to document his captures under the name Python Cowboy.