SEDAMSVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- An Ohio man said his family was shocked when his sister stumbled upon a 14-foot python while they were working in the backyard.
Nate Allbright of Sedamsville said his sister discovered the snake under a pile of trash in the yard Wednesday and he worked with his father to catch the reptile with an improvised snare, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, reported Thursday.
Allbright said he and his father put the snake into a trash can while waiting for it to be retrieved by a wildlife officer.
"Initially, (the officer) thought we had a black snake and we panicked and thought it was a python, but we opened the can, and he saw it was indeed a python," Allbright said.
Arrowhead Reptile Rescue, which took custody of the snake from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the non-venomous tiger reticulated python weighs 130 pounds and measures 14 feet.
The rescue group said the python may have been a former pet.