CEMENT, Okla. -- An Oklahoma teenager was shocked to find a huge python in his backyard.
"I was just sitting on my couch, and I heard my dog barking. He was like in the middle of the yard, and I was like 'What's going on?' He's like barking at the side of the house,” 15-year-old J.C. Lara said.
That’s when Lara went outside to see what was bothering the dog.
"I come outside, and the snake is literally slithering in our yard, and I'm like 'Oh, no, this is a dream.' So I shut the door and open it back up, and it's for sure not a dream. So I go tell my dad,” Lara said.
It wasn’t just any snake -- but a 14-foot-long python.
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"My dad was like 'Hey, just go get the shovel' and I was like 'No, we need the gun. Like, this is a huge snake.' I didn't know how long it was at the time, but I knew it was big enough to eat someone, you know,” Lara said.
Lara and his dad shot and buried the snake, something Lara said they felt they had to do with several small children living in the area.
“This is why we built the fence, for creatures not to get in and for them to actually play safe, and seeing that here is just scary,” Lara said.
Lara said they’ve seen small snakes in the area before but nothing as large as a python.