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Python Invades Naples Back Yard

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Rick Dominicks says he shot and killed a 12-foot python in his backyard. (Getty Images)

Rick Dominicks says he shot and killed a 12-foot python in his backyard. (Getty Images)

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NAPLES, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – An East Naples man had an uninvited visitor over the Thanksgiving weekend…a 12 foot burmese python.

Rick Dominicks told WFXT-TV he knew something was wrong when five of his chickens went missing in a single week.

But no one found the culprit until landscapers spotted the snake in his back yard.

They immediately told Dominicks, who grabbed his gun and went looking for the suspicious slitherer.

He nearly got too close, finding the python’s head underneath a pile of leaves.

“I started scooping the brush off of him and he poked his head up, and I said, ‘whoa!’” Dominicks said to WBBH-TV.

He says he reacted quickly by shooting the snake.

“I didn’t want him to get a hold of me,” he told NBC 2.

Snake experts say as temperatures cool, snakes are more likely to approach human habitations.

And while it’s not illegal to shoot a python on your property, the experts caution it’s best to leave the snake handling to the professionals.

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