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No bigger than this!

No bigger than this!

Marty’s photo of the day #3869: This is me and an eleven-foot-long African rock python that I caught in Zimbabwe. She was pretty much the upper-limit size of snake I would dare catch. I released her a few minutes later—with the snake thinking, “Phew! That’s pretty much the upper-limit size human I would dare catch.”

The “small” African rock python

The “small” African rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3574: This is me with the smaller of the two African rock pythons I caught in Zimbabwe. Note: The pythons were quickly released, and the reason I’m wearing a batting glove has nothing to do with the snake. I spilled sticky, boiling sauce on my hand just before leaving for […]

African rock python

African rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3462: I photographed this seven-foot-long African rock python while hiking across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

It’s safer to kiss the python*

It’s safer to kiss the python*

Marty’s photo of the day #3214: This is me, several years ago, kissing an eleven-foot-long African rock python I caught in Zimbabwe. Last year, if people had to choose between kissing someone who recently returned from a large evangelical church service or kissing an eleven-foot-long python, the vast majority would choose to kiss the evangelical. […]

Unleashing my inner Steve Irwin

Unleashing my inner Steve Irwin

Marty’s photo of the day #3201: This is me, unleashing my inner Steve Irwin, with a seven-and-a-half foot-long African rock python. And if you are wondering why I’m wearing a batting glove, I burned my hand badly just before leaving for Zimbabwe. The glove worked better than a bandage for keeping cooties out of the […]

As big as I dare

As big as I dare

Marty’s photo of the day #3125: This is me and the biggest snake I will ever catch: an 11-foot-long African Rock Python. And unlike the Trump bothers, who kill amazing animals in Africa, I let this python go shortly after this photo was taken. With any luck, the python will live for another twenty or […]

Talking with a rock python

Talking with a rock python

Marty’s photo of the day #3091: Me holding a seven-and-a-half-foot-long African rock python in Zimbabwe. She was quite talkative!

The smaller of the two pythons

The smaller of the two pythons

Marty’s photo of the day #2896: This is me, with the smaller of the two African rock pythons that I caught in Zimbabwe. If you’re wondering why I am wearing a batting glove, it has nothing to do with the snake. On the day before I left for Africa, I spilled boiling, sticky sauce on […]

Snake calling

Snake calling

Marty’s photo of the day #2722: This is me, practicing my snake calling skills, with a seven-and-a-half foot-long African rock python. (Photographed in Zimbabwe)

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