America’s barbecues see a lot of action over the Fourth of July weekend, but this year’s award for best use a backyard grill must go to some residents of Florida City, Fla., who used theirs to trap an enormous python this weekend.
According to ABC News, neighborhood residents spotted the 12-foot Burmese python slithering around their neighborhood at around 10 p.m. Thursday. The fire department’s venom rescue unit was called, but while waiting for responders to arrive and take the snake away, residents decided the best thing to do was to try to capture the python themselves and contain it until the fire department could arrive.
Somehow, the residents managed to successfully trap the snake in someone’s backyard barbecue. It must have been a pretty large grill, because authorities say the snake was 12 feet long, and a photo posted to Twitter indicates it was also quite big around.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson Arnold Piedrahita Jr. said the snake would be turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Burmese pythons are considered an invasive species in South Florida. They are not native to the area, and because of their large size they have few Florida predators besides alligators and humans.