Why Military Veterans Are Hunting Pythons in the Everglades

Why Military Veterans Are Hunting Pythons in the Everglades

– [Swamp Ape] Alright, everybody ready? Just stretch him out. – This is a hatchling. This is a brand new snake. This was born this year, and
this is maybe a month old. Within five years, this’ll be 12-13 feet. It’s amazing how quick they grow. The Swamp Apes take
veterans into the Everglades to track and capture Burmese pythons. We help the veterans
overcome their challenges from their service. At the same time, the wilderness benefits from the removal of these animals. (gentle marimba music) My name is Tom Rahill. I
founded the Swamp Apes. The Swamp Apes are an organization dedicated to serving veterans
who serve in the wilderness. The Everglades is renowned
for it biological diversity, it’s under threat by the Burmese pythons. – [Swamp Ape] One more
python out of our Everglades. – The Burmese pythons have
decimated the mammal population; that’s their primary food source. It’s estimated that there
are over 100,000 pythons in the Everglades. The Swamp Apes have captured
and removed over 1,000 pythons. The Burmese pythons,
largely, were released by irresponsible pet owners. (Swamp Apes yelling) – [Swamp Ape] Hang on, we got something. – [Tom] A 15-foot python
could have 60 hatches, and it’s just an exponential problem. The hope is to remove enough
of the breeding females that we can severely
diminish the population. (upbeat music) During the wet season, which we’re in now, the technique for capturing
pythons is road-cruising. At night, when it’s a little
moist out, reptiles come out onto the road. We have a policy of live
capture with the pythons. We effectively jump on the pythons. – [Swamp Ape] That’s
a nice sized one, too. – [Tom] You grab them as soon
as you can behind the head. That business end of a
python can be very dangerous. We turn them over to the scientists; sadly, 99-percent of these
animals have to be euthanized. – That’s a whole population
of native critters that are being saved. – The Swamp Apes began in
2008, for me, as a tool to deal with some personal grief. When my wife moved to Arkansas
to take a teaching job, I’d only see her once every month or two. Consequently, I was hurtin’ emotionally. And I went and started volunteering in the Everglades National Park. I then was invited to join
the python eradication team, and at a certain point it occurred to me that this would be great for veterans also with PTSD and other challenges. The Swamp Apes are a unique program: we embrace the veteran skillset. Basic training for a veteran would include situational-awareness, threat-assessment,
self-reliance, chain-of-command, mission-focus. – You got your mojo working man. – [Tom] Once they get out of the service, they don’t necessarily have a place to apply the basic training, let alone specialized training. Swamp Apes use that training
and celebrate that training, and the veterans service, by
applying it to python removal. – [Swamp Ape] Why don’t you come with me? Ow, he bit my hand. – [Tom] We have positively
impacted hundreds of veterans with the program. They benefit from the natural
therapy of being out there, tracking, capturing, and
removing the pythons. (bird calling) – [Swamp Ape] Come on pretty girl. – Our ultimate goal is to have therapists accompany us, and be a
prescribable therapy organization. As noble and as effective as
the Swamp Apes are in engaging veterans, at the end of the day, we get to jump on big snakes. It’s awesome. (acoustic guitar strumming)

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “Why Military Veterans Are Hunting Pythons in the Everglades

  1. ChaoticEvil_ says:

    The most wholesome Florida men

  2. Veton Rečica says:

    Once you survive war then the next fight begins…fighting pythons

  3. veronica b says:

    He looks like Alameda Slim

  4. bakrekfe says:

    The most effective method to eradicate Pythons is to let Biotechnology people create Python females and males to gradually be asexual……………otherwise…….to let bioengineering scientists use methods to gradually genetically flaw the DNAs of pythons female and male so that they can give birth to less.

    So, as a result, they are completely exterminated not only in Florida but also in other areas, including various snakes and harmful animals that have been subjected to human hatred.

  5. UpiSai says:

    If this is blue you love great big story

    👇 (I am gifting my next 100 subscribers)

  6. sirefromtheshire says:

    Sucks they gotta die but it’s understandable.

  7. Izaiah Borja says:

    Where Chandler when you need him. Kevin could take on a python💯

  8. Pedro pepe says:

    they should open a restaurant too

  9. Dr Lipschitz says:

    This is super dope!!!

  10. Dark Soul says:


  11. bucca2 says:

    Isn’t Hunting Pythons an episode of Black Mirror

  12. C Gru says:

    I thought that dude was Ali G at 1:35. lol

  13. Kylee Jones says:

    I freaking hate snakes y tf did I click on this vid

  14. Bass Guy says:

    Who else click this without reading the title😱😂

    Small Youtuber there would appreciate any support!

  15. Mike Kennedy says:

    Yikes! That is a hard core therapy!

  16. Seb Clax says:

    "we get to jump on big snakes"

  17. Josephine Dorion says:

    WHY………? WHY are the vets hunting the phytons in florida.. instead of hunting the REAL PHYTONS IN DC..?

  18. Zeke Villapania says:

    These are amazing stories. Theres still great people out there. My hope is restores with each story you post. So inspirational

  19. Laziz Eatery says:

    Why don't they just shoot them

  20. r385671 says:

    Yeah, I think if I lived in Florida I'd just put a bullet in my brain.

  21. oni chan says:

    Python: for I in range(99):

  22. Alexander Jürgen says:

    Kill them bastards, and gars as well. I barely see any of my native wildlife anymore and it's causing problems in our ecosystems.

  23. Chi chan says:

    If you are trapped or going to spend along time in the jungle, drinking a snakes blood is the actual substitute for water to stay hydrated. Now you know.

  24. GreenM&M_11 says:

    Tom is seriously sexy though 😉

  25. Saluted Firestarter says:

    That low key looks fun, just catching pythons with your friends and veterans.

  26. Azliana Lyana says:

    Thank you for your service and bless you and your family. Amen 🤗😇

  27. Chanson Kun says:

    Yo, why TF are there dislikes on this video? Heartless bastards

  28. Choo Choo MotherTrucker says:

    Why don't american eat snake? The meat is a little chewy, but they taste pretty good and very healthy for you. I would eat it if they serve it at a restaurant at a decent price.

  29. Rohit Bauri says:

    What do you do with the pythons??

  30. Dursun Sahin says:

    heal any way you can 👍🏼

  31. Azsunnybee K says:

    Snakes: why can’t we eat we need to live…

    Humans: welll even thou we kill animals a lot we don’t care about snakes or other animals

    Snakes: well that’s mean…

  32. Abhishek Singh says:

    It is pythanophobia. They are killing "innocent" pythons just because they are pythons. America is for everyone. They have not "solid data and proofs" against these "cute and peace fool" pythons.It's cruel and inhuman. These "white supremacists" are against the diversity and liberalism.

    In the words of a pseudo liberal. 😝😝😝😝🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂

  33. Abhishek Singh says:

    Python life matters…

  34. Vicki Diana Coghlan says:

    Some dickhead had a burmese python as a pet at home and thought they were doing a good thing by letting it go in the everglades. DUMB STUPID MOVE!!!

  35. rico siahaan says:

    oh sweet

  36. jupiter is a bean says:

    these snakes are so scary

  37. Noosa Higgins says:

    And to think, all of those innocent pythons have to be killed because of a few incompetent owners.

  38. Caba says:

    Wow, so you guys jump on big sneks. Scary but fun

  39. Emily Wong says:

    Are they edible?

  40. RolandArt says:

    It's good what they're doing, though that is still good meat on those snakes.

  41. Trumpty Dumpty your fall is coming! says:

    This is fantastic in every way! Thanks you for your service and for protecting our fragile environment.

  42. Face Palm says:

    Colinist is an Invasive Species that almost wiped out the Native Species! lol

  43. Khondker Rifat Hossain says:

    The skin can be used to make beautiful handbags for export market

  44. Fatpython 8 says:

    Can you just stop hunting us

    And let me eat them
    Yes I’m a cannibal

    Plus the mammals and birds

  45. E.T says:

    Feels bad for the Pythons.

  46. don brassco says:


  47. M TM says:

    31 pythons disliked this video

  48. HackingCrumpets says:

    It’s sad they kill them tho

  49. Amanullah says:

    Give this task to Florida man!

  50. Anuj Anand says:

    But why euthanize them? 😣

  51. Raccoon says:

    if you're gonna kill them anyway, why don't you kill them with, say, a machine gun???

  52. Ror R says:

    Python they must be selling the skin of them.?? Can't track right

  53. Bethlehem Eisenhour says:

    Why aren't you giving thses as food??? Too much work I guess, sad.

  54. Bollina mohan satya balakrishna says:

    God knows who control human population who destroy what ever ecosystem they enter

  55. Richard Bool says:

    The Burmese pythons have decimated the mammal population, Humans like this TWAT have decimated every thing ELSE.

  56. Alex says:

    not gonna lie I thought they called themselves the "swamp babes" lol

  57. andy miller says:

    I really hope the liberals in this country don’t catch wind of your organization because the name ‘swamp apes’ will trigger them. They will headline your story on CNN “racist ex-military on hunt to exterminate third-world snakes they say, ‘don’t have a right to be here’ “

  58. Angelo Villarin says:

    I love your job!😅

  59. Roberto Lopez says:


  60. Phlegethon says:

    Guy: There’s 100,000 pythons that’s an exponential problem
    Same guy: we’ve removed 1,000 of them

    removed 1 percent of an exponential problem

  61. samjkl -__- says:

    Poor pythons

  62. Daniel Copsey says:

    Surely if these vets just making do as a tiny non-profit can remove as much as 1% of the python population in the everglades, the US armed forces diverting some of the 598 and a half billion dollars they get a year could take care of the rest

  63. Spencer Blum says:

    I virtually live in the middle of the Everglades. These things are a huge problem to our ecosystem and environment. This is an amazing thing and better then than my because I hate snakes!

  64. Matas Gus says:

    How my grandma talks about me getting older 0:12

  65. Jamal Idrez says:

    They just want a war…

  66. edmund blackadder coc says:

    There has to be a Monty python joke in here somewhere.

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  68. Melissa Smith says:

    I think this program is fantastic!! Thank you all for your continuing service to the American people and our wildlife. God Bless

  69. Milton Monnin says:

    They could sell all the Skins in Guanajuato Mexico the leather capital that would make some nice jackets from those snakes for a nice price ! America could actually get into exporting things for a profit besides empty cardboard d boxes from imports for for recycling and crying that we are broke !

    Americans need to make a few dollars !

  70. pmigbarros🇵🇹 says:

    You know what's the best, it's just man vs animal, they don't use guns or anything, just they're hands

  71. Patriot 3478 says:

    It started with 2. So you may want to kill all females. But you never know when one escapes or is released.

  72. Gisela Watson says:

    Keep at it boys!

  73. Lizzy Brue says:


  74. The SpookyM8 says:

    Everybody gangsta till one of the snakes starts speaking vietnamese

  75. Miles Rasmussen says:

    They know what they're doing makes no difference. The pthons are there to stay. Just guys that want to kill shit.

  76. Isal Acong says:

    where the pitons goes?

  77. Lunky Straydog says:

    Good bless

  78. revise hellenologophobic says:

    I have a pet snake and I still agree that invasive species need to be controlled. Even if it's a cutie; feral cat, dogs, snakes and goldfish are all big pests if they start a wild population. I don't understand those who think invasive species deserve protection just because they think they are cute. Big picture people.

  79. corn chip says:

    this is awesome. much love.

  80. sayari says:

    Thanks yo. This is do necessary n it's also therapy for ptsd, what can one even say.

  81. Leandro Baltazar says:

    So in a way, this is therapy

  82. Cool Lobster says:

    me and the boys hunting pest pythons

  83. Wally & Tony !!! says:

    Whenever I see an ad for a reptile convention I shudder in fear knowing most will just end up dumped for the rest of us to deal with.

  84. Inferno says:

    build china town close to that place, problem solve

  85. Jennica Sevilla says:

    Euthanized? Lol i hope u can also do that to people when overpopulation comes. You need to euthanized the irresponsible snake owners

  86. Tina teews says:

    Wonderful ideas and organization.

  87. Beverly Stewart says:

    I am so thankful for your service both in your military past and now removing these snakes who decimate our wildlife.

  88. Feline 17 says:

    I think I saw an Animal Planet special about these snakes! Or some other snakes let loose in the US by pet owners. Thus they were putting the residents' lives in danger. Plus, in an online article it said that there was danger of the snake breed that was let loose to breed with a local snake or another type of snake let loose resulting in the existence of a highly dangerous super snake. I think it was Animal Planet or some other similar channel.

  89. MrJeep75 says:

    Kill those things

  90. MrJeep75 says:

    Make some belt's

  91. Yubi K. says:

    This is pretty cool.

  92. Raw Bacon says:

    Just shoot em and stop messing around capturing them.

  93. TomJeffersonWasRight says:

    The only thing missing from this video is python meat recipes.

  94. David G. says:


  95. Terry JP says:

    Good for the Vets and the everglades as well. well one

  96. Francisco Rodriguez says:

    You're losing the battle and the war!

  97. carson Goodman says:

    I want to eat one

  98. Sam Lutfi says:

    I think this python scare is over inflated….

  99. Sam Lutfi says:

    anyone else notice their uniforms are made by Hermès?

  100. T.J. Thomas says:

    Colonel Stocker must be stuck still on stud mode

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