Florida officer wrangles python

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A Pembroke Pines officer called to a scene Thursday night found a Burmese python in the middle of the street.

The Burmese python was spotted by an off-duty Customs and Border Patrol officer as it crossed the road.

Pembroke Pines Officer Joey Cabrera responded to the call near US 27 and Johnson Street in far western Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thursday night after an off-duty Customs & Border Patrol officer spotted the very big snake slithering just off the roadway.

Officer Cabrera was able to secure take the slithery suspect into custody and transport it to the police department until a python remover arrived, police tweeted.

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Pythons are considered an invasive species and a threat to Florida wildlife, pets and even children.

Cabrera was the first to arrive and he "wrangled" the snake.

This is not Cabrera's first encounter with a large python in Pembroke Pines.

"Due to the brush fires in the Everglades, you may see a rise in wildlife entering residential areas to escape the smoke and flames", the Pembroke Pines Police Department announced on Facebook.

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