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Florida officer wrestles with 3.81-metre python

14 January 2018

Police received a call about a large Burmese python and Officer Joseph Cabrera responded to secure the 12-and-a-half-foot long snake, the city told the Miami Herald.

Pembroke Pines Social Media Manager Amanda Conwell said the python was first spotted by an off-duty Customs & Border Patrol officer heading east across the road toward Chapel Trail.

Pembroke Pines Officer Joey Cabrera responded to the call near US 27 and Johnson Street in far western Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thursday night after an off-duty Customs & Border Patrol officer spotted the enormous snake slithering just off the roadway.

The snake was held by police until a licensed python removal contractor took it into custody.

Burmese pythons are an invasive species in Florida.

A Florida police officer proved an enormous snake was no competition for him.

"Due to their size and strength these snakes put local wildlife, pets, and even children at risk", police wrote.

In tweets posted Friday, the department shared photos of the python and warned residents to not approach snakes, but should call 911 instead.

Florida officer wrestles with 3.81-metre python