A Florida police officer proved an enormous snake was no competition for him. Late Thursday night officer Joseph Cabrera took down a 12.5-foot Burmese python that was slithering around in the southern part of the state.
In a video posted to Twitter, Cabrera is seen grabbing the snake with two hands, as his vehicle’s lights flash in the background while traffic is passing by. Other backup units came to assist him, Miami Herald reports; however, they’re not seen on camera.
After getting control of the moving animal, officers brought it back to the Pembroke Pines police department.
Upon arriving at the station, four officers were photographed holding the python and eventually, it was collected by a licensed python remover.
In a tweet, the department warned the wild snakes are common in Florida, “Burmese pythons are an invasive species & a real threat to local wildlife, pets, and even children.”
“If you see a snake please do not approach it. If the snake is a danger to you or the surrounding area contact 911,” the tweet added.
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Although this type of snake isn’t venomous, they will still bite people and wrap themselves around their prey, according to ABC News.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commision “wants to engage the public to help in removing this invasive species and even offer classes to the public,” Carol Lyn Parrish, a public information officer for the commission told ABC.
Pythons are no stranger to officer Cabrera. He had a similar encounter last April, in which he encountered an even larger snake that measured about 13-feet. The snake was originally caught by a group of teenagers who then reported it to the police, according to 10News WTSP, a CBS-affiliate news outlet.
“Due to the brush fires in the Everglades, you may see a rise in wildlife entering residential areas to escape the smoke and flames,” the Pembroke Pines Police Department announced on Facebook. “This snake had evidence of being near the fires with burn marks on its skin. The python is currently being transported to Everglades Holiday Park to be assessed by professionals."
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