John Hammond just put the squeeze on a monster Burmese python.
Hunting for Florida’s program to combat the invasive species, Hammond spotted the snake in the Everglades on Sunday.
“I figured at that point it was either write it down and say I saw one or pick it up and say I got one,” Hammond told Spectrum News 13.
Hammond told Fox 4 in the segment above that he grabbed it by the head, and the beast constricted around him from the waist down. Then Hammond dragged it slowly to his truck and coaxed it into a bag.
Long story short: At 18 feet, it’s the longest taken in the state’s python elimination program, according to Fox 4 and Hammond. HuffPost didn’t immediately hear back after reaching out to Florida Fish and Wildlife for confirmation.
Here’s a full-length view posted by Florida Fish and Wildlife on Tuesday.
Hammond, known by Fish and Wildlife as a “Python Removal Contractor,” euthanized and skinned the 150-pound female for the hide, Fox 4 noted.