Oklahoma teen finds 14-foot python in family's yard

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CEMENT, Okla. (AP) -

A teenager in rural Oklahoma made a startling discovery when his barking dog alerted him to an enormous python in his front yard. 

Fifteen-year-old JC Lara says he thought he was dreaming when he saw the 14-foot python hissing at his dog outside their home last week in Cement, about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The teen woke his father, Carmelo Lara, who says he grabbed a shovel because he thought it was a small snake. 

Once he saw the python, Carmelo Lara got his gun and shot the snake three times, killing it. Carmelo Lara tells Lawton television station KSWO that he was terrified at first but did what he had to do to protect his family.