Stories Featuring  The Swamp Apes

Founding Chapter of the Volunteer Wilderness Alliance

Dedicated to serving Veterans through serving the Wilderness

Established April 29, 2009

Florida Python Challenge 2020 Bowl nets 80 invasive snakes. Fort Myers Florida Weekly, January 29, 2020

Rasslin’ big snakes: SC man helps catch invasive winners in Florida Python Bowl. Bo Peterson, The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, January 28, 2020

Python Bowl Winners Killed 80 Invasive Snakes Ahead Of Miami Super Bowl. Alexander Gonzalez, WLRN, Miami, January 27, 2020

Hunters put the squeeze on 80 snakes in Florida’s Python Bowl. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, January 26, 2020

Florida Python Bowl Results in Capture of 80 Snakes. Tobias Carroll, InsideHook, January 26, 2020

80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt, Associated Press, January 25, 2020

VIDEO: 'It was going for my throat': Florida python hunters wrestle invasive snakes. Zachary Fagenson, Reuters, January 17, 2020

PHOTOS: Florida Python Challenge; removal of pythons from the Florida Everglades. The Palm Beach Post, January 14, 2020

VIDEO: Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Kicks Off Florida Python Challenge 2020 Python Bowl. CBS Miami, January 10, 2020

VIDEO:  Florida's python challenge underway. Phil Keating, Fox News, January 10, 2020


55 Reasons Why the Florida Everglades are Special. Les Medley, Destination: Wildlife, December 5, 2019

VIDEO: ‘It’s Been Life Altering’: Florida’s Female Snake Hunter Stalks Swamps For Invasive Burmese Pythons. David Sutta, WFOR, Miami, November 18, 2019

VIDEO:These veterans are working together to remove pythons from the Everglades. David Schlake, wideopenspaces, November 10, 2019

VIDEO: For war veterans, a python hunt can help fight PTSD. Adriana Brasileiro, Miami Herald, November 9, 2019

Governor DeSantis announces more than 3,600 pythons removed from Everglades. Jason Delgado, WMFE, November 6, 2019

State removes thousands of invasive Burmese pythons from the Florida Everglades. Ross Nobles, Orlando Weekly, November 5, 2019

Over 3,600 Invasive Burmese Pythons Removed From South Florida’s Everglades System. Space Coast Daily, November 4, 2019

VIDEO: Python hunting in the Everglades with the Swamp Apes. Jack Brook, Miami Herald, October 25, 2019

VIDEO: Florida needs python hunters. A man in Iran is one of thousands who want the job. Jack Brook, Miami Herald, October 21, 2019

'Swamp Apes' vs. Swamp Snakes. Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP,  Palisades Hudson Financial Group, September 24, 2019

VIDEO: ​​​Why Military Veterans Are Hunting Pythons in the Everglades.  Great Big Story, August 29, 2019

VIDEO: The Snake Hunter. Mike Rowe, Returning the Favor, Facebook Watch. July 29, 2019 (Note: Must sign into Facebook to watch this program.)


VIDEO:  War on Invasive Species, Charles J. Kropke, PBS, (first aired 5/16/18) 


It Had to be Snakes: The Swamp Apes lead military veterans deep into the Everglades to confront two terrifying beasts: 13-foot long Burmese pythons and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Adam Weinstein, Topic Magazine, October 2018 (WARNING: This article contains adult language which some readers may find offensive.)

The Swamp Ape Python.  American Shooting Journal, September 11, 2018

These Killer Snakes Are Terrorizing Southern Florida - and I Caught One of Them.  Reader's Digest, ​September 2018

Calling all hunters:  Everglades National Park wants you to kill its Burmese pythons.  Miami Herald, May 31, 2018  

Storms, Python Hunters, Mental Health App & Where’s My Bus?  WLRN, May 29, 2018 ​​​ 

South Florida gets first look at 'Battleground Everglades' series featuring 'Swamp Apes.'  South Florida Sun Sentinel, January 25, 2018


State expands effort to reduce python population. Florida Keys News, November 8, 2017

​​​AUDIO:   Florida Veterans Fight A New Enemy: Invasive Snakes In The Everglades. Maria Bakkalapulo, American Homefront, October 30, 2017  

​VIDEO:  Florida's Lt. Governor Helps Catch a Python.  Palm Beach Post, June 2, 2017

Hunting for Burmese Pythons in Florida's Everglades. Deutsche Welle, May 31, 2017

VIDEO:   As Pythons Invade Florida, Professional Snake Hunting Becomes Booming Industry.  Fox News, May 30, 2017   (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON YOUTUBE)            

Florida's Lt. Governor Catches 15-Foot-Long Python in Everglades. CBS News, May 16, 2017

Florida's Lt. Governor Heads Into Everglades to Hunt Pythons. U.S. News & World Report, May 16, 2017

VIDEO:   HBO's Vice News Tonight Python Hunt Segment. Home Box Office, May 10, 2017

VIDEO:   Python Hunting, Swamp Apes. 60 Second Docs, May 2017

When Hunting Pythons, It Helps to Dance Like a Monkey - and Carry a Sledgehammer. Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2017 (paid subscription required to view entire article)

Swamp Apes Tackle Pythons in the Everglades. Guy Harvey Outpost, April 20, 2017

'Python Fever': Hunting for Snakes in the Florida Everglades. CNN, April 5, 2017

Everglades Python Hunting Therapeutic for 'Swamp Ape' War Vets. Sunshine State News, March 31, 2017

VIDEO:  Python Hunters Begin Scouring for Snakes in Everglades. WPLG-ABC, Local 10 News, Miami, March 30, 2017


In Everglades, Invasive Pythons Are Only the Beginning. The Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2016

Killer Nile Crocodiles in Florida? Experts Say It's Possible. NBC 6 Miami, May 19, 2016

VIDEO SERIES:  Animal Planet's Monster Week. May 2016 (Four videos featuring the Swamp Apes)

Calhoun County Couple enjoy pythoning in the Everglades. Calhoun-Liberty Journal, March 9, 2016

VIDEO:  On the Hunt to Get Rid of Florida's Invasive Pythons. CBS This Morning, February 11, 2016​

The Swamp Apes: Serving Veterans, Saving Wilderness., February 2, 2016

​Hiiiiissssss! Why Florida Needs Your Help to Hunt Pythons Down. The Guardian, January 27, 2016

VIDEO:  Python Hunting: The New Therapy for Military Veterans?, January 25, 2016 

Teams Ready for Python Challenge. Miami Herald, January 14, 2016


Python Patrol: Group of Mostly Military Veterans Hunts Snakes to Help Combat Stress.  Sun Sentinel, June 15, 2015

VIDEO:  The Python Invasion Project: Tom Rahill.  Daily Motion, June 5, 2015

Burmese Pythons Are Taking Over the Everglades. Time, March 20, 2015


​​Military Vets Heal PTSD by Capturing Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. Miami New Times, December 9, 2014

Yes, I Really Catch Pythons to Treat My PTSD. Time, October 15, 2014

Military Vets Hunt Everglades Pythons for Therapy and Country. Sunshine State News, June 16, 2014

Battle For The Everglades: Vets Versus Pythons. ABC News, June 11, 2014

Vets Capture Pythons, Aiding Everglades and Themselves. Realtree Outdoor News, June 10, 2014

VIDEO: 'The Swamp Apes' Help Community and Heal Their Wounds at the Same Time. NBC 6 Miami, May 1, 2014

Invasive Species in Fla. Escape Efforts at Control. Boston Globe, March 23, 2014

​​Big But Nearly Invisible in the Wild, Officials Give Up on Evicting Pythons From the Everglades. The Washington Post, March 16, 2014

Two-Year Search for Deadly Nile Croc Ends With Capture in Everglades National Park. Miami Herald, March 12, 2014

Nile Crocodile Corralled in Everglades Canal, Removed From National Park. NBC 6 Miami, ​March 12, 2014


Meeting Tom 'Swamp Apes' Rahill. Explica Media, November 19, 2013

Swamp Apes Demonstrates Macro Practice to Social Work Students. College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, November 18, 2013

Swamp Apes. The Official Website of the Everglades National Park Volunteers-in-Parks Program, June 13, 2013

Python Challenge Hunter: 'It's Eerily Quiet in the Everglades.'  WLRN-PBS Miami, February 18, 2013

Everglades Python Challenge Haul Hits Target With 50 Snakes Captured. McClatchy DC Bureau, February 12, 2013

I Don't Think I'm Afraid of Snakes Anymore. E&E News, February 8, 2013


Our Southern Friends in Conservation. Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps, January 8, 2012


Swamp Apes Lead a Trail of Good Deeds. The Miami Planet, October 15, 2011