World Snake Day: How to catch a snake with your bare hands!

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Jim Lipscomb of the South Florida Herpetological Society stares into the eyes of a blood python during the Repticon event held at The Box Expo Center Saturday, April 30, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Today is World Snake Day! Although it’s a relatively obsecure holiday, wildlife enthusiasts and snake-lovers join together today to celebrate their common love of snakes.

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Reporter Barbara Marshall holds the python’s head while trying to retrieve the white snake bag.

To pay tribute to this, we recall when Palm Beach Post reporter, Barbara Marshall ‘wrestled’ a mighty python!:

An excerpt from the original story:

“You want me to do what with that?

Catch it with my bare hands?

Ha ha. I thought you were serious.

Wait, you are? You expect me to pick up that giant snake? And put it into a bag? Oh no, no, no. Hell, no.”

Read the entire story: An 8-foot python wrapped around my arm? No problem!

 

Palm Beach County: 5 invasive species invading our county!

Nile monitors, native to the Nile Delta in Africa, can reach 5-foot and 15 pounds. The semi-aquatic lizards are meat-eaters with a fierce some bite.

Nile monitors, native to the Nile Delta in Africa, can reach 5-foot and 15 pounds. The semi-aquatic meat-eaters with a fearsome bite are known to breed in the canal along Southern Boulevard. (FWC)

Iguanas are tearing up our gardens while Nile monitor lizards are breeding in the C-51 Palm Beach Canal along Southern Boulevard.

Invasive exotic species abound in South Florida and Palm Beach County has its share.

The Burmese pythons breeding in the Everglades haven’t migrated this far north, but wildlife officials are concerned about the spread of tegus,  a large black-and-white lizard found in substantial numbers west of Miami and spotted a few times in Palm Beach County.

Read more about South Florida’s invasive species.