MIAMI: A man who caught a 4.2m python in a Florida drain pipe was charged with perpetrating a hoax after wildlife officers discovered he owned the snake and put it in the pipe to stage the capture.
Justin Matthews, a professional animal trapper, admitted he had “staged the event to call attention to a growing problem of irresponsible pet ownership”, it was reported this week.
He was charged with misusing the 911 emergency system and maintaining captive wildlife in an unsafe manner.
Matthews summoned the media to witness the snake’s capture from the drain in July.
Footage of the capture was widely televised in Florida. – Reuters