Female Snake Catcher Captures 17-Foot Python

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Amy Siewe is a python hunter who works for the South Florida Water Management District. She’s one of only 4 female hunters that work in her program.

On July 21, 2020 she caught a massive python all by herself. Once captured, Siewe didn’t have the means to load the giant reptile into her truck so she kept it pinned down on the ground until further help arrived.

“I got out of the truck and saw how big her head was. It was pretty intimidating!” she shared in a Facebook post.

The final measurements of the snake were 17 feet and 3 inches long, and 110 pounds. According to Siewe, the record for the longest python caught in her district is 17 feet and 7 inches.


Pythons are an invasive, non-native species that the Florida Everglades has been dealing with for some time now. Because female pythons can lay 50-100 eggs per year, and the creatures have no natural predators in the region, their threat continues to escalate. About two feet long when hatched, Burmese pythons immediately start feasting on small mammals that live in the area. Full-grown pythons can reach up to 20 feet and 200 pounds and have been known to eat deer and even alligators that are native to the swampy marshland.

Siewe has partnered with Bswanky, a company that designs and manufactures luxury handbags, to create handbags made of the python skin so it does not go to waste. Bswanky also donates a portion of the proceeds to the South Florida National Parks Trust in a give-back program to the South Florida National Parks.


Check out the video of the captured snake below.