– [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)

Why Military Veterans Are Hunting Pythons in the Everglades
Tagged on:                                                                                                 

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

  • August 29, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    Permalink

    He looks like Alameda Slim

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:07 pm
    Permalink

    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.

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:09 pm
    Permalink

    If this is blue you love great big story

    👇 (I am gifting my next 100 subscribers)

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:10 pm
    Permalink

    Sucks they gotta die but it’s understandable.

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:24 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:30 pm
    Permalink

    they should open a restaurant too

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:40 pm
    Permalink

    This is super dope!!!

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:43 pm
    Permalink

    👍❤

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:45 pm
    Permalink

    Isn’t Hunting Pythons an episode of Black Mirror

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 9:50 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 10:14 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 10:17 pm
    Permalink

    Who else click this without reading the title😱😂

    😂👇
    Small Youtuber there would appreciate any support!

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 10:29 pm
    Permalink

    Yikes! That is a hard core therapy!

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 10:57 pm
    Permalink

    "we get to jump on big snakes"

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 11:18 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 11:38 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 29, 2019 at 11:55 pm
    Permalink

    Why don't they just shoot them

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:14 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:23 am
    Permalink

    Python: for I in range(99):
    print("Amazing!")

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:43 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
    Permalink

    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.

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
    Permalink

    Tom is seriously sexy though 😉

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:45 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:59 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:18 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:24 am
    Permalink

    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.

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:39 am
    Permalink

    What do you do with the pythons??

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:44 am
    Permalink

    heal any way you can 👍🏼

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:46 am
    Permalink

    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…

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 3:04 am
    Permalink

    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. 😝😝😝😝🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 3:07 am
    Permalink

    Python life matters…

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 3:21 am
    Permalink

    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!!!

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 3:26 am
    Permalink

    oh sweet

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 3:31 am
    Permalink

    these snakes are so scary

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 3:37 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 4:19 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 5:13 am
    Permalink

    Are they edible?

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 5:16 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 5:42 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 6:05 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 6:19 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 6:44 am
    Permalink

    Can you just stop hunting us

    And let me eat them
    Yes I’m a cannibal

    Plus the mammals and birds

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 7:20 am
    Permalink

    Feels bad for the Pythons.

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 7:33 am
    Permalink

    👏👏👏👏

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 7:47 am
    Permalink

    31 pythons disliked this video

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 8:13 am
    Permalink

    It’s sad they kill them tho

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 8:24 am
    Permalink

    Give this task to Florida man!

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 8:33 am
    Permalink

    But why euthanize them? 😣

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 9:30 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 10:17 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 1:10 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 1:11 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    Permalink

    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’ “

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    Permalink

    I love your job!😅

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Permalink

    LOVE AND GRATITUDE TO ALL THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMAN

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:32 pm
    Permalink

    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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    Permalink

    Poor pythons

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 3:27 pm
    Permalink

    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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    Permalink

    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!

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 5:26 pm
    Permalink

    How my grandma talks about me getting older 0:12

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 7:08 pm
    Permalink

    They just want a war…

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 8:45 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 9:44 pm
    Permalink

    Our team is always on the hunt for the best food, gadgets, travel experiences and more. Check out everything we recommend this month: https://greatbig.is/2LgXvHr

    Reply
  • August 30, 2019 at 11:29 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 12:07 am
    Permalink

    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 !

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 12:21 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 12:56 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 1:07 am
    Permalink

    Keep at it boys!

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 1:18 am
    Permalink

    AMAZING!!!

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 5:04 am
    Permalink

    Everybody gangsta till one of the snakes starts speaking vietnamese

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 5:28 am
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 10:12 am
    Permalink

    where the pitons goes?

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 4:53 pm
    Permalink

    Good bless

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    Permalink

    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.

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 9:12 pm
    Permalink

    this is awesome. much love.

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 9:47 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • August 31, 2019 at 11:31 pm
    Permalink

    So in a way, this is therapy

    Reply
  • September 1, 2019 at 2:13 am
    Permalink

    me and the boys hunting pest pythons

    Reply
  • September 1, 2019 at 4:43 am
    Permalink

    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.

    Reply
  • September 1, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Permalink

    build china town close to that place, problem solve

    Reply
  • September 1, 2019 at 12:31 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • September 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    Permalink

    Wonderful ideas and organization.

    Reply
  • September 1, 2019 at 9:47 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • September 1, 2019 at 11:39 pm
    Permalink

    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.

    Reply
  • September 2, 2019 at 1:00 am
    Permalink

    Kill those things

    Reply
  • September 2, 2019 at 1:04 am
    Permalink

    Make some belt's

    Reply
  • September 2, 2019 at 1:04 am
    Permalink

    This is pretty cool.

    Reply
  • September 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm
    Permalink

    Just shoot em and stop messing around capturing them.

    Reply
  • September 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • September 3, 2019 at 3:49 pm
    Permalink

    PUSSIES….I WAS A MARINE NEVER WOULD HUNT ANIMALS…EXCEPT THE HUMAN ONE….SMH.

    Reply
  • September 3, 2019 at 11:04 pm
    Permalink

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

    Reply
  • September 4, 2019 at 2:21 am
    Permalink

    You're losing the battle and the war!

    Reply
  • September 4, 2019 at 3:15 am
    Permalink

    I want to eat one

    Reply
  • September 4, 2019 at 4:22 am
    Permalink

    I think this python scare is over inflated….

    Reply
  • September 4, 2019 at 4:23 am
    Permalink

    anyone else notice their uniforms are made by Hermès?

    Reply
  • September 5, 2019 at 12:48 am
    Permalink

    Colonel Stocker must be stuck still on stud mode

    Reply
  • September 5, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    Permalink

    Pythons weren't just released by irresponsible pet owners. A large portion of them were set loose in the Everglades when Hurricane Andrew blew down an exotic animal farm/shelter back in the 90s. Damn things escaped and started breeding like rabbits.

    Reply
  • September 5, 2019 at 6:41 pm
    Permalink

    And lets get clear, it was NOT pet owners releasing snakes into the wild that led to this mess. It was Hurricane Andrew, it flooded dozens of pet shops and the snakes got out then, that is why Florida now has hurricane laws for people keeping exotic snakes that they must be moved when a storm is coming. Tell the truth, do not demonize and entire hobby. Everytime I hear that shit I quit watching, it is a downright LIE.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *