Tuesday, 26 Sep 2023

‘World’s hottest scientist’ grapples with ‘monster’ python using her bare hands

A glamourous scientist has been seen grappling with one of the largest snake species on the planet.

Rosie Moore, who has been dubbed the 'world's hottest scientist', took to Instagram yesterday to share footage of a Burmese python she caught with snake hunter Kevin Pavlidis in Florida, US.

Rosie wrote: "Burmese python catches with the best @snakeaholic. Burmese pythons are invasive in Florida, causing massive ecological damage and severe declines in native mammal populations."

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The video shows Rosie crouched over, gripping the beastly python just below its neck with her bare hands.

"Great job, what a monster," one comment read. Other people urged the scientist to "be careful".

Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia and typically grow to be around 16ft-long. There have been reports of some growing up to 23ft.

They are now considered an invasive species in Florida and some experts reckon one million pythons might now live in the south of the state.

The problem started after tens of thousands were imported to the US from Asia. Many pet owners didn't realise how big the snakes grow, leading to them being abandoned and allowed to reproduce in the wild.

As a result, the US banned the importation of Burmese pythons in 2012.

Despite ongoing attempts to get the booming population under control, a report from the US Geological Survey said eradication was "likely impossible".

Florida's wetlands have proved to be the perfect breeding ground for Burmese pythons. Their inconspicuous patterning means experts put their detectability at less than 1%, so it is difficult to say exactly how many there now are in the US.

The pythons have had a drastic impact on Florida's ecology, gobbling up native wildlife that is not used to massive predator snakes.

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