For sure the heat of the summer is at it's boiling point. Humidity is high and mosquitoes are on a rampage for blood. It's getting miserable outside during the day.
Which is also why python hunting season has switched from day time hunting to night time hunting.
With the temperatures being cooler at night, pythons tend to more active at night. It's not impossible to find them during the day, but you will definitely to get them.
I spent Friday night out with a buddy doing some night time hunting for pythons. I have already heard reports that baby pythons are being seen and captured. Eggs are starting to hatch and a new generation of pythons are on the loose. Not to mention, females don't eat for the roughly 2 months they are sitting on the eggs. There will be a lot of hungry females that will be looking to grab the first prey they can get.
We immediately came across an expired python at the beginning of our search. It had been deceased for a week or more and more then 90% of it's muscle tissue was decomposed or picked clean by buzzards.
That was the last sign of pythons we would see for the rest of the night. However, it turned out to be a stunning night to see a wide variety of native snakes of Florida.
We came across 12 Cottonmouths or various sizes (yes, these are venomous), 3 Ribbon Snakes, 3 Garter Snakes, 3 Florida Scarlet Snakes, 3 Banded Water Snakes, a Red Phase Green Water Snake and my favorite, a Red Rat Snake. We also saw 2 White Barn Owls hunting on the road.
Here are some pics of the native snakes they live here in Florida. It's a great opportunity to be able to see these snakes and know they live in the wilds of the Everglades.
FLORIDA SCARLET SNAKE
BANDED WATER SNAKE
RED RAT SNAKE