She hunts pythons in the dead of night

A Burmese python that was hit by a car is seen draped across a guard rail outside of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. — ©2023 The New York Times Company

AN unexpected chill can fall over the Florida Everglades late at night. Stars speckle the sky. Frogs croak and croak, their mating calls echoing in the air.

It is all peace and wonder until you remember why you are out at this hour, on the flatbed of a pickup truck outfitted with spotlights, trying to find invasive creatures lurking in the shadows.

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