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Teens Catch 13-Foot Python in Florida Neighborhood

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    A group of teens caught a 13-foot python that police say escaped the wildfires burning in Western Broward.

    (Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017)

    A group of Florida teens wrangled a 13-foot python they found roaming in a Pembroke Pines neighborhood. 

    The three boys caught the massive snake in Holly Lake, a residential community on the edge of the Everglades, Pembroke Pines police said in a Facebook post.

    The python had burn marks on its skin and may have been trying to escape a brush fire that ignited in the Everglades Wednesday. The "Holiday Fire" charred 6,800 acres through parts of Broward and Northwest Miami-Dade before it was brought under control Sunday.

    Police warned residents that brush fires in the Everglades may lead to a rise in wildlife entering nearby residential areas as they try to escape the smoke and flames.

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    The phython was taken to Everglades Holiday Park to be assessed by professionals.

    Officials warned against approaching pythons or other wild animals and said residents should call 911.