Police officers in Florida see (probably more than) their fair share of crazy things.
“Florida man” crimes aside, officers occasionally respond to some wild calls, or at least wildlife-related calls. That was the case for a couple of Pembroke Pines Police officers Thursday night.
Officer Joey Cabrera first arrived at U.S. 27 and Johnson Street after receiving a call that an off-duty Customs and Border Patrol Officer saw a large snake heading across the roadway, according to police.
But it wasn’t just a “big snake.” The scaly guy turned out to be a 12.5-foot Burmese python.
Cabrera, being first on scene, wrangled the snake – while someone else filmed – until backup units arrived to help, according to police.
The snake eventually was secured and moved to a police substation until a licensed python removal contractor took custody of it.
Burmese pythons are an invasive species.
In a Facebook post about the snake encounter, police urged residents not to approach snakes and to call 911 if one is spotted.