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Monster Python Creates Fireworks in Florida Community

The massive, 12-foot critter made its way into a gated South Florida residential community just in time to create a pre-Fourth of July bang.

Some Florida City residents got the surprise of their lives just before the Fourth of July when a stray Burmese python made its way into their gated residential neighborhood.

While it’s not uncommon for South Florida residents to have run-ins with pythons courtesy of a population explosion among the non-native species, this critter isn’t your average python.

Measuring in at 12-feet, the snake topped the biggest python caught in the 2013 Florida Python Challenge by a whole foot.

The monster python was first spotted by a boy riding his bicycle in the community, according to BayNews9.

"I was with my dad, and when I seen it I jumped off my bike and ran," Juan Rivero Jr. told the station. "I was scared. I'd never seen that before."

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Rivero went and got his father, who quickly realized some help would be needed to trap the creature. Neighbors eventually wrangled the snake into a barbecue grill where officials were able to remove it. The snake will be turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, ABC News reported.

Florida has experienced a population explosion of Burmese pythons in recent years. Considered an invasive species, the creatures only have two known predators in Florida – alligators and humans. The population has caused such a problem for native species the state has even played host to roundups of the pesky slithering creatures in the past.

The 2013 Florida Python Challenge netted 68 snakes in total, but officials believe there are thousands more living in the Everglades. The biggest snake in that roundup, which drew hunters from far and wide including U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, measured in at 11 feet.

CeeDee July 06, 2014 at 11:59 AM
I once tamed a couple of "feral" cats. Somebody had dumped the pregnant mother cat out and she was ferel. She had 3 kittens and two became pets for me. One, a female, I never could coax to come on my porch. But, two did and were wonderful pets.
Jerry Kruth July 07, 2014 at 12:18 AM
These poor snakes are natural creatures, not monsters. They deserve to live in peace in their native habitat, not brought to America to be kept as "pets," by idiots, who then irresponsibly let them loose deliberately, or escape by accident. DON'T BUY PLANTS OR ANIMALS FROM ABROAD. THE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE TO NATIVE ECOSYSTEMS IS ENORMOUS!
Sally Barry July 07, 2014 at 10:15 AM
I don't want to upset anybody, but is it possible to eat python? I ask because I've read accounts of people eating snake in the wilderness and they said it wasn't bad at all. If there was a hunting season and a market for python meat, that might be a partial solution.
samuel July 07, 2014 at 02:11 PM
well kinda of hard to comment on this because u will get fallout from both sides all I can say pet or no pet these animals r wild and they have no problem Killing so u decide a nice animal or a 200 or so pound killing machine God Gave Us All 5 Senses

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