15-foot Burmese python killed after prowling neighborhood

A snake blamed for the disappearances of small animals in rural Missouri was shot by a resident and identified as a Burmese python measuring more than 14 feet long. Residents of the rural Warren County neighborhood said they spotted the massive snake recently, about the same time two dogs and three chickens went missing in the area, and the serpent was finally cornered in the early hours Tuesday on Pauline Horstdaniel’s property.

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Horstdaniel said she was roused by her dog barking in the yard and she saw the snake when she went out to investigate. “I was terrified,” she told KTVI-TV. “I got my husband out of bed. He’s out there in his underwear with his gun.”

The couple called Clayton Dement for backup, and the neighbor soon arrived to kill the python with two blasts from his shotgun. “I’m sure it was hungry and whatever else, so it was being a little more brazen in its actions as far as coming out and trying to get the dog and other animals around