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Shawn Heflick
A wisecracking field biologist with 30 years’ reptile experience, adrenaline-junkie Shawn Heflick has traveled the world studying and catching reptiles and amphibians, has kept/bred over 100 different species, and is the only private person in the US licensed to privately own and breed Komodo dragons. Always up for adventure, Shawn is passionate and knowledgeable about conservation, the Everglades, and most of all reptiles…especially crocodiles and venomous. And, whether he’s extracting venom from a rattlesnake, consulting on a Hollywood blockbuster (Transformers II, Spiderman III), breeding rare albino alligators, or hunting for giant pythons in the wilds, this committed family man is serious about his work.



Greg Graziani

Greg Graziani is the charmer of the group whose deep connection to reptiles dates back to his school days when he made extra money catching snakes and selling them to pet shops. Strong, fearless and unflappable in the face of danger, this cop now runs Graziani Reptiles Inc., a family-run breeding facility for ball pythons in Venus, Florida, where he works tirelessly to create new strains for a large and ever-growing number of hobbyists. Passionate about ridding the Everglades of Burmese pythons, Greg is also working with rare albino alligators, turtles, lizards, and giant pythons.



Michael Cole
Solid, dependable, macho, and with his uncanny knack for finding trouble, Michael Cole is the strong silent type on the team. A hunter from way back, Michael has been breeding and working with large reptiles for 25 years. He’s been a volunteer for the live capture and removal of nuisance alligators, has worked with law enforcement on the removal of native venomous and non-venomous snakes from human development areas, and since 2005, runs a full-time, family-owned and operated reptile business, Ballroom Pythons South, Inc., that ships animals to over two dozen countries, and supplies zoos in the U.S. and beyond.





 

The Python Hunters meeting with the Director and Asst. Director of US National Parks
The Python Hunters meeting with the Director and Asst. Director of US National Parks

Shawn Heflick and photographer with large Burmese Python in the Everglades
Shawn Heflick and photographer with large Burmese Python in the Everglades

Greg Graziani getting the squeeze from a Burmese Python
Greg Graziani getting the squeeze from a Burmese Python


Shawn Heflick holding a Burmese Python at the FWC