The non-native snake species has been hugely damaging to local wildlife, and the state government is on a drive to clear the reptiles.
"The snake had what appeared claw marks on its head and neck. So, the cat apparently killed the snake and brought it out to show dad his prize. Shelly is a true hero," the man's daughter said.
Jamie Lind said he used his phone to call his wife and tell his children that he loved them because he believed he could die.
The reptile was the second largest snake ever removed by a member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Python Action Team, the agency said.
Video from Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary shows handler attempting to free the snake from its own jaws.
"I thought it was, like, a trick." says Holly Malkames, who discovered a live snake crawling under the Plexiglass at her gas pump.
Animal control said the snake was an Asian cobra.
The snake appeared from under the refrigerator.
Luckily, the snake was not venomous.
The spotted python survived the 9,300-mile journey.
A video showed the suspect writhing in terror as officers pushed the snake toward his face.
The snake is named Cenaspis aenigma, Latin for "mysterious dinner snake."
The carpet python named Nike is recovering at a veterinary clinic after being found near death by animal handlers.
The pet managed to escape the snake attack.
Incident happened in the U.K.
It's not quite Jurassic Park, but the finds reveal "critical" clues about the evolutionary history of the slithery beasts.