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Posted: February 17, 2017

Florida man describes finding 11-foot python in engine

Police Capture 11 Foot Python In Car Engine


            Florida man describes finding 11-foot python in engine
A police officer in Davie, Florida, holds an 11-foot reticulated python found in February 2017 in the engine compartment of a vehicle. (Davie Police Department)

By Chelsea Todaro

DAVIE, Fla. —

Ross Price came home from a night study session at Nova Southeastern University in Florida when he noticed something massive moving near his roommate's parking spot.

Price, 24, then ran inside his apartment to tell his roommate that an 11-foot reticulated python was slithering beneath his car.

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Reticulated pythons are similar to Burmese pythons, but grow larger in size and have a black, yellow and white diamond-shaped pattern on its back, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They are rarely seen in Florida's wilderness, unlike the Burmese python.

"It was sitting there, just taking its time, with no worry in the world," Price said. "We called (Broward County) Animal Control first, but it was too late for them to respond."

After calling police for help, Price said the snake slowly wandered inside the car's hood.

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When Davie police arrived, the python had already coiled itself around the engine, and it took three officers about 15 minutes to get the snake out, Price said.

"The snake tightened its grip around the engine, which made it hard for them to pull him out," Price said.

One brave officer took a picture with the giant python after it was finally removed from the car and was posted to the department's Facebook page.

My anaconda don't want none of this Davie Officer. Look what we found while on patrol. Actually, this Reticulated...

Posted by The Davie Police Department on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Price said this was the first known sighting of a python in the area where he lives, but his apartment is about 50 feet away from a canal.

Officers speculated that the python could have been someone's pet that had been released intp the wild. They handed the snake over to a reptile store in Hollywood, Price said.

The snake incident didn't seem to faze Price, since he used to own a python as a pet.

"I grew up with snakes, so I'm used to seeing them," he said.

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