Family Finds Big, Scary Surprise In Yard

A Southern California family got a slithery surprise when an 11-foot python turned up in their front yard.

Francisco Delgadillo, who lives near Lake Elsinore, says he was chatting with his sister on their porch Sunday night when he saw an enormous snake moving across the fenced yard.

The first animal control officer who saw the size of the critter had to call for backup. Two officers then wrangled the 50-pound snake into a truck and took it to a shelter.

Animal services spokesman John Welsh says the Burmese python's presumed owner, a long-distance trucker, contacted the agency.

Welsh says the owner entrusted his pet to his brother while he was away and the snake somehow escaped.

Welsh says if everything pans out, the snake, named Fran Swallow, will be returned home Wednesday.

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  • by JB Location: ENC on Aug 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    I bet that snake would make a fine pair of boots.
  • by Bam Bam Location: Near you on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    Outlawed right along w/ the pitbull huh cactus? Ha ha!
  • by Trish Location: NC on Aug 19, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Something should definitly be done about it. Even though it may not be able to consume an adult is still harmful. Especially to children.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 19, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    The Burmese python should be outlawed in the US, the Everglades in Florida has an estimated 100,000 living wild with no predators. "C", this size python can not consume an adult human, a very small maybe. This python can exceed 20 feet overall.
  • by c on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    I think someone should be charged!! This should be a crime. A snake this size could be very dangerous, it could swallow a whole person. People are crazy!! I would have shot it several times!!!

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