A huge python on the loose in rural Missouri has finally been shot dead after terrorizing the neighborhood for three days.
The Burmese python measured 14 feet, 7 inches and weighed 160 pounds. It had been killing and eating farm animals and pet dogs in Warren County, near Jonesburg, Missouri.
However, on Tuesday a woman who heard her pet dog bark at the reptile, called her father-in-law who shot the python twice with his shotgun. (Scroll down for the video.
1. The 160-pound 15-foot-long Burmese python which was “terrorizing” the small town of Jonesburg, Missouri.
The python was first spotted over the weekend when it attacked the poodle of local resident Larry Fahrig. He called neighbors for help, but the snake managed to escape.
Since that incident, two dogs and three chickens have been reported missing.
Burmese pythons are constrictors — they kill prey by suffocating and then swallowing them whole. The size of this particular snake worried parents that it may attack small children.
2. Pauline Horstdaniel pictured with the snake that her father-in-law shot dead. She said: “you only see these in the movies”.
3. Residents in Warren County have been gathering to admire the enormous snake, which was killed on Tuesday.
One frightened parent, Leagh Dement, told Fox 2:
My son has been right by my side the last three days because I didn’t want him anywhere near something of this size.
Then on Tuesday morning, another resident, Pauline Horstdaniel, heard her St. Bernard-Labrador mix barking in the backyard. She went out to investigate and saw the python.
4. The animal may have once been a pet that was dumped by its owner because it grew too big.
5. Three chickens and two dogs have vanished in recent days — possibly eaten by the predator.
I was terrified. I got my husband out of bed. He was out there in his underwear with his gun.
Her father-in-law shot the snake dead with two shots from a shotgun. Mrs. Horstdaniel added:
You only see snakes like this in the movies and at the zoo.
Burmese pythons are not a native species to the area. According to a Missouri Department of Conservation official, this snake may have been dumped by its owner when it became “too big”.
6. A Warren County, MO, man kills a nearly 15-foot python in his yard.
Read more: Fox 2.
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