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Tommy Owen, a tour guide for Everglades Adventure Tours, wrangled a massive python he spotted swimming through the swamp while on a tour. Burmese Pythons are an invasive species in the Everglades.  (Source: Paul Tarantino)

Tommy Owen, a tour guide for Everglades Adventure Tours, wrangled a massive python he spotted swimming through the swamp while on a tour. Burmese Pythons are an invasive species in the Everglades. (Source: Paul Tarantino)

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THE EVERGLADES, Fla. (CBSMiami) – People on a tour boat ride in the Everglades had a front row seat as their tour guide jumped out of the boat and started wrestling a 10-foot python. And all of it was caught on camera.

The amazing video shows a tour guide face-to-face with one of Southwest Florida’s most dangerous species.

But for guide Tommy Owen, the catch of a lifetime was just an ordinary day. Owen works for Everglades Adventure Tours. He was out on the water with a family on Tuesday when he saw a massive python swimming through the swamp.

After sizing up the predator, Owen says he let his instincts take over and decided to hop in after it.

After a few minutes of what he calls “snake jiujitsu,” Owen had a good enough hold on the python so his partner could kill it.

Everglades Adventure Tours Owner Jack Shealy says the business has been in the family for generations and he’s never seen a python catch caught on camera – but wouldn’t put anything past his good friend Owen.

While Owen got rid of another one of the dangerous species, he knows there’s plenty more left in the Everglades.

As for the tourists – they got more than they paid for.

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