August 18, 2009

11-foot python caught in Calif. man’s yard

California animal control authorities said they captured an 11-foot-long, 50-pound python that had slithered into a man's front yard.

Francisco Delgadillo, 43, who lives in an unincorporated area of Riverside County between Lake Elsinore and Perris, said he called Riverside County Animal Services late Sunday night after he and his sister spotted the huge snake in their yard, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Tuesday.

Oh my God, that's a huge snake, Delgadillo said. Our whole yard is fenced so I'm not sure how it got into my property. Maybe it came down from one of (the) trees. We have trees all around our yard.

Animal Control Officer Chrisina Avila arrived and called Animal Control Officer Dylan Gates for backup after getting a good look at the long reptile. The two officers captured the non-venomous serpent and load it into Avila's truck.

Officials said the python is considered a stray and will be held while authorities seek the owner. If no owner is found, the snake will be turned over to a rescue group for exotic pets.