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Florida City residents capture 12-foot python from under barbecue grill

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FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom One unit responded to a Florida City home after a 12-foot python was spotted in the neighborhood.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted out a photo of the snake after residents trapped it inside a barbecue grill, near Southwest 177th Court and Krome Avenue, Thursday night.

Juan Rivero, Jr. who first spotted the snake said, "I was with my dad, and when I seen it, I jumped off my bike and ran," said Rivero. "I was scared. I'd never seen that before."

His father, Juan Rivero, Sr., said, "I seen something in the middle of the road, and I thought it was a palm frond. When I looked and got closer, swerved the bike out of the way, and the kids were freaking out. There was a 12-foot python crossing the road."

The reptile quickly became the talk of the town. Daryl Brooks, who calls the community home, has kept a python as a pet, but even she was not ready for this monster surprise. "My daughter said, 'There's a snake come to the gate; tell me what it is,' and I said, 'OK, I'll be right there.' and I look, and it's on the lady's porch, and it was huge, and I said, 'Oh, my God, it's a python,' and the head was bigger than my hand," said Brooks.

Shocked but not scared, Brooks tried to take matters into her own hands, but the reptile was just too much for her to handle alone. "I was scared to grab her by myself. She was pretty strong, so I saw a guy and said, 'Hey, are you scared of snakes?' and he said, 'No.' I said, 'Come over here,' and it had slid and hid under the lady's barbecue grill."

While they wrangled the reptile, others dialed 911. "We managed to get it in the barbecue and under the cover of the barbecue," said Juan Rivero, Sr. "The owner of the house brought us a pillow case and eventually the tail just went in the pillowcase, so we had to use the barbecue cover to get it into it."

It took at least a half hour before first-responders reached the scene. The python was turned over to Florida Fish and Wildlife.

"I wouldn't want my pet coming out seeing that cause usually pets see it and try to run after it, start barking. There was a cat outside, and it was going for the cat, so the lady was freaking out and brought it inside," said Rivero, Jr.

Brook said, "She was beautiful, though. She was quite beautiful. I took a lot of pictures of her."

Authorities said the python was not someone's pet, indicating it came from the wild.

The Burmese python is an invasive species to South Florida.


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