A BLOND little wrangler regularly grabs giant deadly snakes bigger than her with her bare hand – and even takes some of them home as pets.
In shocking footage, the 4-foot-tall Stanberry can be seen calmly picking up the 5-foot-long, girthy cottonmouth pit viper – whose bites are venomous and potentially fatal – and posing for the camera.
The reptile lover stumbled upon the pregnant animal while exploring Florida’s Everglades National Park with her husband Rhett Stanberry late at night on August 17.
After taking a few shots with the chilled snake, the mother-to-be was safely returned to the bush from which she emerged.
Stanberry and her 34-year-old husband, who met eight years ago through a Facebook Group for lovers of unusual reptiles, offer Houses up to 100 abandoned or mistreated from the capuchin monkey to the Gaboon viper.
Stanberry, of Naples, Florida, told The US Sun: “We hiked deep into the forest with no GPS and just our headlamps.”
“There was this big snake in the middle of the bushes, but we couldn’t figure out what it was.
“As we got closer we said, ‘Wait a minute, that’s a cottonmouth. This thing looks huge.’
“She was as thick as my arm, you could tell she was pregnant.
“I’m quite a small girl, so I know my weaknesses when it comes to certain venomous snakes. I try to stay away from the big guys.”
“With a snake this size, you could definitely lose a few fingers since its venom glands are so large, but the cottonmouth venom is not fatal as long as you manage itearly enough.
“This snake was super cool for its size. She never tried to bite or run, but she pooped on my face.”
“I was excited and amazed to see a cottonmouth grow so big and healthy. We have seen many sickly and dying specimens in recent years.”
Frightened homeowners call Stanberry and her snake handler daily to report slithery intruders, including deadly rattlesnakes and pythons.
The courageous reptile expert does not shy away from the giant beasts, even though they are usually only a few centimeters longer than her.
Stanberry said: “I’ve never been bitten before but it’s always pretty scary when we’re hours away from the hospital so I’m always on guard.”
“You always have to pay attention to their personality. If they are crazy and very afraid, it will not end well.”
The reptile-loving couple met online through their unusual hobby, and what started as fun catching snakes blossomed into romance.
She said: “He posted a bunch of snakes he found in the wild in Florida, so I messaged him and asked if we could hang out sometime and catch some snakes.”
“The first time we met, we hung out for 12 hours straight and have been inseparable ever since.”
Stanberry and Rhett document their unique day social mediawho look after a number of exotic animals in their local zoo.At
Despite the largely positive response online, Stanberry says some viewers are calling her an “idiot” for not shooting the extremely dangerous creatures.
Stanberry said, “I get so many bad comments that I just have to ignore them and laugh at these people.”
“You’re actually nicer to me than my husband. They see so many more men handling snakes, but when they see a five-foot-tall girl handling a big snake, they think that’s cool.”
Stanberry uploaded the clip Instagram with the caption: “A truly impressive venomous cottonmouth grouse we found in Florida.”
“The video doesn’t do this snake justice, it’s 4.5 to 5 feet tall and thick! It’s always like that.”to see a healthy native snake when we are out in the Everglades.”
The post received more than 180,000 views and 561 comments, with many in disbelief at the size of the giant snake.
One viewer commented: “THIS IS THE BIGGEST COTTON I HAVE EVER SEEN ON VIDEO! How heavy? It looked like your arms and shoulders were working there!”
Another wrote: “He ate well!”
But some did not share the same admiration as the reptile lover and said the dangerous animal should be shot.
One viewer wrote: “People need to start killing the snakes when they find them.”
“Remember, if you let one go, they will have another litter of hundreds every year. Your child or pets could be theirs.”Have a good meal.”