Ruben Ramirez, the founder of FPH, has a passion for snakes which was love at first bite when he was bit by a corn snake at eight-years-old. Soon after, he began snake hunting and has developed quite a nack for finding camoflouged critters throughout South Florida. Seeing a need to remove the invasive pythons, he became a licensed python hunter with Florida Wildlife Commission and now spends much of his free time removing the invasive pythons, tegus and other species from the region. He has a keen ability to locate snakes which others walk by cluelessly. The secret to his success? "Think like a snake, become a snake and you'll catch a snake." We have yet to find a road that he hasn't traveled or a territory that this South Florida native hasn't explored.
Devin Belliston is a Utah boy who has always enjoyed animals and the outdoors. His interest in pythons and invasive species started when he moved to Miami and began seeing exotic animals throughout the city that he knew did not belong. He received his python removal permit and has since become an avid hunter. Devin is a high school science teacher having fun with his newfound passion for catching critters in South Florida. If you don't see him around, look up! He just might be climbing branches for chameleons!
George Brana was born in Miami and started snake hunting in his adolescence. Soon after he started "flipping boards" he met Ruben and they began snake hunting together. He enjoys getting out of civilization, and into the Everglades. He is passionate about reptiles and is pleased that he is able to make a difference in the Everglades by doing something he likes. He has several pets, including a 9-foot albino python which he rescued from an owner who couldn't house her any longer. When not on land, he puts on his sea-legs to go fishing. He has won several fishing tournaments.
Blake Russ, AKA DanjaRuss, is a central Florida native and brother to 9 other Russ kids. He grew up on a lake where he became a wildlife enthusiast at a young age. He is known for catching all types of wildlife with nothing but his hands. The neighborhood community would often call him to come remove snakes from their yards. He feels most at home while in the ocean or swamps. Now living in South Florida, he has a strong passion for catching invasive species.
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