Collier County men find 10-foot Burmese python

Nick Brower and Andrew Meulenberg, both 27, pose with a 10-foot Burmese python they spotted Thursday, May 23, in East Naples.

Courtesy of Nick Brower

Nick Brower and Andrew Meulenberg, both 27, pose with a 10-foot Burmese python they spotted Thursday, May 23, in East Naples.

Last Thursday, Nick Brower watched a “Swamp Wars” episode about a python before he left to go fishing.

That night, he saw one in real life.

Brower, 27, said he and his friend Andrew Meulenberg, also 27, were driving home around 11 p.m. when they spotted a 10-foot Burmese python at the intersection of Bayshore Drive and Jeepers Drive.

“We turned around, and I grabbed a 2x4 and pinned its head down,” Brower said.

Collier County sheriff’s deputies met the men and killed the python with a knife, Brower said. He then disposed of the snake in nearby woods.

Brower said he has since learned that you’re supposed to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission when you spot a python. Prior to his find Thursday, he hadn’t heard of the commission’s Python Hunt that gained national attention by offering rewards to hunters.

“If people see them, they shouldn’t just dismiss it,” Brower said.

Floridians can report a sighting of a Burmese python by calling 888-IVE-GOT1 (888- 483-4681), using the ivegot1 iPhone or Android app, or online at IveGot1.org.

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