Early Wednesday morning, Paul and Ben Hernandez were awakened by their Alaskan dog, which was barking on its back porch in Marita, Georgia.
He saw something on his bed, which was later identified as the Burmese Python.
“I heard my dog barking, and I went out and there was something black on his bed on which she usually slept and she was barking at him,” Paul said. Told CBS46.. “She looked like she was trying to eat him, but she felt like she wouldn’t leave him alone.”
After flashing a flashlight on Alaska’s bed, Paul found the snake but did not recognize what kind of snake it was.
News Outlet reports that Paul and his father, Ben, went out around 7 a.m., where they saw a snake slip on a chair on their back porch. Ben immediately knew what kind of snake he was dealing with.
“When I saw him, I knew he was a Burmese python because I saw him on TV shows,” Ben told CBS46.
According to National Geographic, Burmese pythons have a “generally mild temperament”. They live in Southeast Asia and are one of the largest snakes on earth, growing 23 feet or more in length and weighing up to 200 pounds. According to a report by National Geographic, its circumference could be as large as a telephone pole. Python kills with difficulty.
However, as the magazine points out, Burmese pythons are often left in the wild. Many non-native pythons have been released, especially in South Florida, that they have bred in Everglades National Park, as noted by the United States Geological Survey.
“Pythons compete with local wildlife for food, including mammals, birds and other reptiles.” USGS wrote. “The severe shortage of mammals in Everglades National Park has been linked to Burmese pythons.”
The agency continued to write on the stomachs of Burmese pythons, which, when removed from national parks and other parts of Florida, found mammals whose populations had declined significantly.
Newsweek Reported The Snake Removal Challenge in Florida in August. Participants were encouraged to search for Burmese pythons and destroy them humanely. Of these, 223 pythons were killed.
Hernandez called for animal control, and a representative told them both that the dragon on their porch was possibly a pet that had run away from their home.
“He said it was probably someone’s pet the way he acted,” Ben told CBS46. “She wasn’t aggressive at all, so she’s used to people.”
The snake was taken to a nearby facility where authorities searched for the owner.
Newsweek Reached animal services but did not return to press time.