Naples natives nab 10 foot python
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Naples, Fla. - Two Naples residents came across a 10 foot python late at night, but didn't just pass it by. We catch up with them to find out what happened that night.
"we were basically heading this way driving on bayshore, and i saw the burmese python crossing the street so we turned around"
Thats when Andrew and Nick came face to face with a ten foot burmese python.
"we got out, i just wanted to grab it, and took some pictures with it"
But before they took these pictures, they had to ... uh.. touch it.
"it was pretty docile, i mean it was hissing a little bit when we grabbed it by its neck, but other than that... reporter: oh it didn't like that? andrew: it didnt like that")
They also called the folks at the sheriff's office to ask what they should to do.
reporter: "was that their suggestion? to go play with the snake? noo, they didnt really tell us anything, they just said they would send and officer out"
"they were pretty shocked when they first got there, they were kind of even more shocked we were carrying it in our hands. we actually had them take a couple pictures for us"
The deputies obliged.. .snapping this one. they also checked with fish and wildlife who told them to kill the snake. They did... with a very large knife. But Andrew and Nick were'nt going to be left out.
"we held down its head with the board, and he pretty much got it with one swipe."
While these guys have a heck of a story. there is an easier way. I called fish and wildlife,
they say if you see a python, call their hotline, 1-888-ive-got one. Or go to their website, IveGot1.org they also have a mobile phone app. These may not be the most adventurous ways to deal with a python, but let's face it, most of us probably won't, and shouldn't, try it this way.
Fish and wildlife officers do not recommend you handle a python if you come across one. it's better to call. the pythons are an exotic species blamed for wreaking havoc on the everglades eco-system..so state policy is to kill them when they're found in the wild.