Hi there everybody. I can’t tell you how excited I am for you all to see my photography here on Printingo.com It is a literal dream come true. I signed in as instructed and uploaded my prized photos and within days I was already making commission. Photography started and will always be a passion of mine. It’s one of the many ways I interpret the world. I have a good eye for the beautiful and fortunately I live in one of the most unique places in the world. The Everglades. Born in Florida, raised in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (My father is the park biologist) I’ve had an incredible chance to be raised in an incredibly harsh, but beautiful and enduring ecosystem. It’s intricate, it’s delicate, it’s the only rain driven swamp system in the WORLD, and I live smack dab in the middle of it. My official title is Everglades tour guide. I work at Everglades Adventure Tours, specializing in Pole Boat Tours and kayak tours. Since you are on Printingo.com you will have the distinct pleasure of following me on my adventures via photograph. Please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22118773 One day while I was on a tour with a family of four I spotted a 10ft. Burmese Python in the water. My only instinct was to get out of my boat silently, stalk and ambush this snake. I grabbed him by the neck with a powerful hold. I had to be careful, this snake was a foot underwater and you only have ONE chance to make the catch before the snake turns on you! I honestly had no idea it was 10ft. long however. Things under the water appear smaller, but as soon as I lifted his head out of the water I realized that it was much bigger and much stronger than I was. At it’s largest it was at least three times the size of my arm. A lot of people ask me why? I say, because they are an exotic species and eat and have diminished our small mammal population. Was I afraid? Yes, I was afraid it was going to get away. I wouldn’t have felt right letting that snake get away. What did I do with the snake? Well, after I wrestled and subdued the Python it allowed for my partner to decapitate it to render it harmless to all Everglades species. Then handed it over to Big Cypress National Preserve. How did you subdue a snake much larger and stronger than you? Snakes are anaerobic. They are incredibly strong and are expert stranglers. I figured out a way to loosen it’s grip on my right arm and transferred his coils onto my left arm. as he began to constrict and cut off my blood supply I managed to get him to un coil his entire body and attach him back to my right. This goes on for several minutes. Transferring his deadly wrap to either arm as the pain subsides on one side and increases on the other. Snakes are expert stranglers but having to contract it’s muscles several times over causes him to use too much of his oxygen in his muscles and so the python wears out much quicker than he is used to. By that time he was subdued and brought over to my partner so he could make the cut. I apologized to the snake during the tussle. I had no intentions of killing a snake that day, but the truth is, Pythons do not belong in The Everglades and cause a lot of harm to an already fragile ecosystem. I would never harm a native snake. They belong here just as much as I do. It’s a classic, ‘American defending his homeland from a foreign invader’, story. View Tommy Owen’s Portfolio.