Florida man makes masks out of python, iguana skin

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Copy of 994693-01-08-1590316124713A Florida craftsman has come up with a novel way of tackling both the coronavirus pandemic and the problem of invasive pythons and iguanas that damage the state’s fragile ecosystem. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 997398-01-08-1590316115208Brian Woods, the 63-year-old owner of All American Gator Products, has turned his hand to designing face masks made out reptile skin. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 994694-01-08-1590316128917“I took something that’s very serious and turned it into a fashion statement,” he said at his workshop in Dania Beach, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Miami. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 994720-01-08-1590316143350Woods got his inspiration from a curious source – a meme he saw of a horse wearing a woman’s bra as a face mask. He asked his wife if he could borrow one of hers to test if the concept would work. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 994705-01-08-1590316136165He now sells python skin face masks on his Facebook page for $90. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 994718-01-08-1590316140827Snake hunter Amy Siewe arrived at Woods’ home with a giant python for skinning. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 994701-01-08-1590316133812“They’re wreaking havoc on the Everglades,” she said, referring to the vast wetlands that occupy much of southern Florida. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 997395-01-08-1590316112604“They get to be between 18 and 20 feet (5.5 to 6 meters) long and they eat everything from rats to deer.” Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 994639-01-08-1590316120097The pythons were probably introduced to Florida as exotic pets toward the end of the last century and released into the Everglades, where they have no predators. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 994699-01-08-1590316131450The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission pays hunters a bounty to capture the snakes. Image Credit: AFP

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Copy of 997401-01-08-1590316117563Iguanas likely also came to Florida as pets before being released into the wild, where they thrive in the balmy climate. Image Credit: AFP

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