12-Foot Python Trapped in Barbecue Grill by FL Residents

(Photo: Reuters/Joe Skipper)A previously captured 13-foot Burmese python is held in the Everglades, Florida in this January 17, 2013 file photo.

A 12-foot python was trapped in a barbecue grill after Florida residents spotted it slithering around in their gated community Thursday night. The Burmese python, known for strangling its prey to death, was seen on a street in Florida City, Florida.

The 12-foot python had to be trapped underneath the barbecue grill around 10 p.m. at night. Part of the snake's tail was caught in a pillowcase as well, but most of it was caught underneath the grill to protect residents.

"We managed to get it in the barbecue and under the cover of the barbecue," Juan Rivero Sr. told Bay News 9. "The owner of the house brought us a pillow case, and eventually the tail just went in the pillowcase, so we had to use the barbecue cover to get it into it."

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was called, and emergency workers arrived to take the python away. The 12-foot-long snake, which is native to Southeast Asia, will be handed over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, according to WPLG-TV.

This isn't the first time this summer that snakes have come out into crowded communities.
Snakes in the suburbs of Naperville, Illinois have been frightening the residents as they come out of hibernation all at once. Thousands of the reptiles have been appearing in bushes, in yards, on porches and patios of those in the western suburbs, according to reports.

"I'll have five and six of them on my bushes," Nancy Quigley told CBS news. "They were twice as big as they were last year. They're not afraid of me anymore."

The garter and water snakes usually come out to feed for the summer, so their presence in the community isn't strange. It's the number of snakes that has residents concerned, and experts believe that the heavy rain in the area has contributed to all the reptiles around.

"It's unusual for them to be out and that prevalent," David Drake, a snake expert at Aquarium Adventure, explained to CBS. "Now they're out feeding in larger numbers. Also the recent rains and the floods are gonna drive these animals out of their [burrow].