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Python Bites Volunteer On 'Gator Boys' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/20/2012 6:28 am Updated: 02/20/2012 6:36 am

Working in the Florida Everglades, the "Gator Boys" (Sun., 9 p.m. EST on Animal Planet) are in the business of trapping alligators who've taken a wrong turn into residential neighborhoods and ended up in swimming pools, backyards, garages and even bedrooms.

They will also trap snakes when necessary, and on Sunday night's episode volunteer Tre went along for the ride when the boys got a call about a python in a woman's garage.

Pythons are a new and invasive species in South Florida and the Everglades. Capable of growing up to 20 feet in length they are not only a nuisance for people, they also challenge the local gators for food.

Tre bravely tried to extricate the 9-feet long snake but when he grabbed onto it, the python grabbed him back.

When the boys pulled Tre out of the garage the python was wrapped tightly around his arm and Tre was going purple. However, when they removed the snake they realized that it had also bitten him on the wrist.

Although pythons are not venomous, a bite can still be dangerous. If its fangs had pierced a vein or an artery in his arm Tre could have bled out before help arrived.

Catch all the reptilian and herpetological action on "Gator Boys," Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on Animal Planet.

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