All American Gator, which turns alligators into meat, belts, shoes and wallets, is the closest thing South Florida has to a python-processing plant. It was here that Josh Zarmati brought two pythons he caught in the Everglades.
Brian Wood, the company’s president, was waiting. He has processed three snakes so far and anticipates more from the state-sanctioned python hunt that started last week and runs through April 17 in sections of the Everglades in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
Wood opened a flat plastic container and pulled out a 7-foot python he caught near a levee. He placed the snake on the cement floor as journalists’ cameras clicked, allowing the snake to coil around his arm and bite his Kevlar-coated snake-handling boots.
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