Python patrol training

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Lake Worth resident Debbie Nutt is in the snake pit. She is learning how to protect her family and her pets.

Debbie said, "We live in South Florida and there are so many snakes around, like I said, I have small dogs at home, but I also have a grand-baby, so it's better safe than sorry."

Debbie and about 30 others are learning how to identify and capture invasive snakes at a class at John Prince Park. It's part of  the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's python patrol training.

"It can be a little intimidating especially if they are moving into Palm Beach County and like I said if you don't know what you are looking at, you would tend to be more terrified than anything especially if you are not comfortable around them," Debbie said.

But Debbie is no longer uncomfortable. "I probably would have started calling people to come tell me I don't tend to overreact, so somebody come look at this thing make sure I am not seeing what I think I'm seeing. But now that I have had the class I think that I would be perfectly fine on my own," she said.