Who is Nick ‘The Wrangler’ Bishop? YouTuber nearly loses eye after Burmese python sinks fangs into his face
The reptile enthusiast from Los Angeles found the three-foot-long snake at the Everglades National Park in Florida. After the mishap, he explained: 'Every time I have ever been bitten it was because it was being defensive'
A snake handler and YouTuber nearly lost an eye after being bitten on the face by a python while filming a wildlife video. As per reports, Nick Bishop found a three-foot-long snake at the Everglades National Park in Florida. While he was filming, the Burmese python he was holding sunk its fangs into the man's arm multiple times. Following that, the snake lurched towards his face, sinking its fangs just above his eye.
As per reports, Bishop, fortunately, escaped with the reptile's fangs sinking into his eyebrow and not his eyeball. More fortunately still, the Burmese python is not a venomous snake. The reptile enthusiast from Los Angeles said, “I captured the snake as fast as I could and pulled my camera out and then wham, that's when it happened. I was bit. That sucker got me good and it almost took my eye out.”
“I knew it was going to strike, that's what they do. I just had no clue it was targeting my face until it was too late,” he said. “Usually, I don't film myself and this is a prime reason why. Accidents like this happen but I'm lucky though. It could have been a whole lot worse. Snakes don't want to use their precious energy on humans. They need that energy to hunt and to survive.”
“The biggest misconception of snakes is that they attack and chase people when in reality, every time I have ever been bitten it was because it was being defensive,” he explained. “That's why it's my goal to help bring some understanding about the animals that I love.”
Who is Nick Bishop?
The YouTuber who goes by the name “TheWrangler” is a 32-year-old. As per his YouTube bio, he “created this channel to share my love and fascination of the outdoors and wildlife with you. A few things to expect to see by subscribing to my channel is up-close and personal encounters with wild animals.”
Bishop claims to be an animal wrangler, and that “getting hands-on and in the line of danger is how I choose to express myself and passions for each animal I interact with.” As per his LinkedIn, Bishop specializes in venomous snakes, and he enjoys “all wildlife and I spend every day out exploring and encountering new animals. I am working my way to becoming a Wildlife Host. One day this will be my career. For now, I focus on nothing else besides filming and creating my own personal wildlife adventure episodes for YouTube.”
Bishop made news a few years ago as well. In 2017, Bishop found online fame after he rescued a 13-foot Burmese python from an oncoming car before kissing it on the head. Bishop said then, “I was with my friend and we were cruising a dirt road on a mission to find Diamondback Rattlesnakes and at the very end of the night a large black log-like shadow stretched out across the road. I instantly knew it was a Python. But I had no clue that they had ventured that far until then. I was 30 or so miles away from where everyone has been finding them, including myself.”
“Burmese Pythons are very invasive in the state of Florida. They are destroying the ecosystem,” Bishop said. “Due to their large numbers and ability to breed and lay large clutches of eggs, they have worked their way to nearly the top of the food chain in the Everglades.”