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Snake hunter responds after four reported python sighting in one month

Posted at 3:05 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 08:18:33-04

UPDATE: 09-08-2018 at 8:17

A snake hunter was out overnight and did not find a python.  They will continue to search over the next few days.


Could it be hiding in plain sight?  That's what neighbors in Golfview Harbour are wondering after four reported sightings of a python in one month. 

"Lots of breakfast, lunch, and dinner in this canal," said snake hunter Kyle Petrone. 

He was getting the lay of the land before the real hunting begins Friday night.  Petrone is a famed snake hunter and Dusty "Wildman" Crum's protege. Together they caught a nearly 17 foot python in the Everglades. 

"10-foot snake could be laying right under there," he said as he pointed out the thick layer on top of the water that matches the coloring of a python. 

He's searching for what now can only be referred to as a mythical snake in Boynton Beach. 

"Big, if there since nobody has a picture," said Petrone. 

Even with the sightings, no one has snapped a photo, so Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers have yet to respond.

Neighbors say mothers are on edge, pet owners are on edge, and everyone else is on guard.

"If it was 10 to 12 feet this far east, I would lean to believe someone let something go," he said. 

When asked if he really thought it could be here, Petrone said, "It's possible. Yeah. Absolutely."

Petrone will be back late Friday night. He plans to set up lights that will let him see below the surface of the water. 

Other snake hunters plan to be in the neighborhood as well over the next few days.  Some said they are waiting for more rain.