Grandfather shot the reptile when he saw it strangling the goat in Naples, Florida
Finding a female goat wrapped by this massive reptile, Scott Dame, 63, opened fire on the Burmese python. Dame’s first shot managed to uncoil the snake but it took several before it died. The goat had already been strangled.
Dame, who owns Dame Pest Solutions, filmed the incident and his granddaughter shared footage of it on social media.
The family were at grandfather’s house when his 10-year-old his 10-year-old grandson came running in from outside to say he had found the missing goat but that it was being attacked.
Dame grabbed his gun and followed the boy outside. He fired eight shots in total, following the snake as it attempted to slither away after the first round. The breed of snake is not native to North America and is most commonly found in parts of Southern Asia.
The Burmese python is a massive snake native to Southeast Asia that arrived in South Florida in the 1980s, possibly released into the wild by careless pet owners. There are now as many as 300,000 of these invasive creatures slithering through the state, and they’ve been known to eat alligators, bobcats, rabbits, and birds.
The pythons are extraordinarily efficient predators. The pythons convert about 80 percent of the food they consume into biomass — that is, into either growing bigger or producing babies.