Over 80 Snakes Caught! Meet the Winners of the 2020 Python Bowl

By: Discovery

Guardians of the Glades Star Mike “Python Cowboy” Kimmel is the 2020 Python Bowl Champion!

In 1992, almost 1,000 Burmese pythons escaped into the Florida Everglades. Today, their population has exploded to over 300,000. This invasive species is not only decimating the native wildlife populations in the Everglades, but they threaten the ecosystem of the entire Southeastern region of the United States.

More than 750 people from 20 states registered to participate in the 10-day competition. All who registered were required to pass a mandatory online training. The competitors were split into 3 categories: Pros, Rookies, and Active Service Members or Veterans.

Guardians of the Glades star Mike “Python Cowboy” Kimmel was crowned the 2020 Python Bowl champion after he removed eight invasive pythons from the wild! Former champion, Dusty “Wildman” Crum was unable to repeat, but he did earn a second-place prize in the heaviest python category.

Here are the full competition results:

Most Pythons

  • Pro grand prize winner Mike Kimmel won a TRACKER 570 Off Road ATV for removing eight pythons.
  • Rookie grand prize winner Kristian Hernandez won a TRACKER 570 Off Road ATV for removing six pythons.
  • Pro second prize winner Lindsey Floyd won $750 for removing six pythons.
  • Rookie second prize winner Ethan O’Neil won $750 for removing four pythons.
  • Active service member or veteran winner Barry Offenburger (U.S. Army) won $1,000 for removing three pythons.

Longest Python

  • Pro grand prize winner Tom Rahill won $2,000 for a 12-foot, 7.3-inch python.
  • Rookie grand prize winner Kristian Hernandez won $2,000 for an 11-foot, 6.5-inch python.
  • Pro second prize winner Amy Siewe won $750 for a 10-foot, 7-inch python.
  • Rookie second prize winner Dave Mucci won $750 for an 11-foot, .08-inch python.
  • Active service member or veteran winner Dave Mucci (U.S. Air Force) won $1,000 for an 11-foot, .08-inch python.

Heaviest Python

  • Pro grand prize winner Tom Rahill won $2,000 for a 62-pound python.
  • Rookie grand prize winner Dave Mucci won $2,000 for a 49.4-pound python.
  • Pro second prize winner Dustin Crum won $750 for a 35.9-pound python.
  • Rookie second prize winner Kristian Hernandez won $750 for a 48.1-pound python.
  • Active service member or veteran winner Dave Mucci
    (U.S. Air Force) won $1,000 for a 49.4-pound python.

Watch Mike “Python Cowboy” Kimmel’s road to glory at Discovery.com/PythonBowl

Next Up

The “Lungs of Our Planet” are Under Threat

World Rainforest Day is June 22, bringing awareness and action to save these precious ecosystems. But if the current rate of deforestation continues, will there be any rainforests in 100 years?

Bigger, Badder, Fatter: Fat Bear Week 2019 is Here

It's time for the bears to pack on the salmon and prepare for winter hibernation, but first they must compete in a battle of the fattest: Fat Bear Week.

Romeo the Frog is Fighting for the Last-known Loa Water Frogs

Last month, the world’s loneliest frog found his one and only Juliet. Now, his luck has turned as he's reunited with even more Loa Water frogs that were rescued from a single stream in Chile. He's his story.

Living in Harmony with Snow Leopards

The Himalayas is home to the snow leopard, one of the most beautiful big cats in the world. But numbers are dwindling as snow leopards struggle to find prey in the changing landscape. Learn what this small village is doing to help save the cats while living in harmony with the big cats.

Ships of the Desert out in the Indian Ocean

Learn how mangroves and camels are deeply connected.

Oklahoma’s Annual Bison Health Check-up is a Sight to Behold

In Oklahoma, where some of the US’ last remaining tallgrass prairies grow, Native American communities, cowboys and conservations have been working hard to bring back - and maintain - the bison population in the Great Prairies.

Meet the Honey-sucking, Termite-loving Tiniest Bear in the World

If any bear needs attention, it is the endangered Malayan sun bear, as science still knows very little about the species.

What You Need to Know About the Amazon Rainforest Fires and How You Can Help

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate. Here is what you need to know.

These 7 Traits Make You Irresistible to Mosquitoes

Learn about mosquitoes at Discovery.com

Bei Bei Says Bye Bye - National Zoo’s Giant Panda Prepares for Move to China

After four years of delighting individuals and families in the United States, giant panda Bei Bei is ready to bid farewell and embark on the next stage of his life in China.