But as soon as he rolled his eyes at his last result, he knew he would remember.
Kimmel, owner of Martin County Trapping & Wildlife Rescue, came out to Florida Everglades last week hoping to catch a huge Burmese python.
He went to a secluded island where he spotted alligator droppings and a black snake – but then came across a huge python that immediately knew it was special. “My heart started pounding,” Kimmel told CNN. “I’ve caught big ones in the past, but that looked great.”
Kimmel is waiting for the state authorities for an official measurement. When he measured the snake at home, it was about 17 feet long and weighed about 130 to 150 kilograms, he said.
The largest python caught in Florida was 18 feet, 8 inches long, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Pythons began appearing in the Everglades in the 1980s, most likely abandoned by pet owners when they became too old to handle it. Some may have escaped from a breeding facility that was destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Wildlife officials now estimate that up to 100,000 pythons can live in Everglades. Snakes kill native animals, including raccoons, otters, birds and even alligators.
Kimmel plans to sell the snake’s skin on its website. He said he would also receive a payment from the Florida Python Action Group, which pays people to remove the intrusive item.
“I was proud to be at the top and I knew I was going to get a good salary out of it,” Kimmel said. “But most of all, a snake the size of a snake can reach anything, so I was excited to get this dangerous predator out of the ecosystem.”
CNN’s Alaa Elassar contributed to this report.