Watch: Florida woman shoots massive python to save her goats

Watch: Florida woman shoots massive python to save her goats
A Florida woman shoots a 12-foot python with her Glock pistol after it caught and began to devour one of her goats. (Image source: Facebook video, Channing Frampton Screenshot)

Rachel Elizabeth Valverde of Naples, Florida, is the owner of a herd of goats, and a recent video shows that she takes the protection of her livestock very seriously.

In a Facebook video posted by Channing Frampton of WINK-TV, Valverde is holding a camera as she entered a clearing in the woods near her home. In this clearing, she found a massive 12-foot Burmese python wrapped around one of her goats with its mouth already around the goat’s head.

Valverde then fired a round from a handgun into the snake’s head. The snake released the goat’s head immediately and began writhing from the gunshot wound. After a moment, Valverde raised her gun to fire more shots into the snake as it attempted to slither away.

But Valverde was not willing to let the snake escape and placed a boot firmly on the python’s tail, preventing it from getting away. Valverde then fired a few more rounds into the snake, killing it.

(Content warning: This video contains graphic imagery):

The Burmese python is an invasive species introduced to Florida in the 1990s according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS says that this species of constrictor poses a danger to native species, pets, and, in some cases, people. The Burmese python species is growing quickly from the Everglades National Park area and is estimated to have a population in the thousands.