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Burmese Python Bites The Face Of Snake Handler

Watching professional snake handler Steve Masek grapple with a Burmese python, it’s a wonder why anyone would do this for a living. He successfully gets a hold of the snake, but the snake wasn’t done with him and manages to bite Masek in the face and won’t let go. After Masek managed to make the python release his face, he still had to get his fingers out of the snakes mouth. The teeth of the snake are curved backwards, so once the animal has latched on to something, it’s almost impossible for the snakes prey to get free.

Steve Masek, is the Animal Director at the Calusa Nature Center. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not for profit, environmental education organization located in Fort Myers, Florida. The 105 acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop, a woodland pavilion and meeting and picnic areas.

If you come into contact with one of these snakes in the wild, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE IT, instead, report the sighting to your local Fish and Wildlife agency and let them handle it. After watching the video, you’ll see exactly that I mean.

The Burmese Python is a snake native to tropic and subtropic areas of South and Southeast Asia. Because of their attractive color and apparently easy-going nature, they are a much sought after pet by some people. While they make for a “cool” & exotic pet, what most people are NOT prepared for, is that these animals grow VERY BIG and very quickly.After deciding they no longer want the animal, people have released them into the wild, instead of taking the animal to a shelter, or a local zoo. 

In Florida, it is the perfect environment for these animals and they have adapted very quickly and have become problematic for other native species. Although Burmese pythons were first sighted in Everglades National Park in the 1980s, they were not officially recognized as a reproducing population until 2000. Since then, the number of python sightings has exponentially increased with over 300 annual sightings from 2008 to 2010.

 

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