Snake catcher André Cilliers holding the head of the 64 lb rock python he rescued after having been called in by a local goat farmer who found the snake after it had caught one of his goats. André and his wife Michelle are famous for their continual efforts to educate locals to not kill every snake they see. They catch and release into game reserves all snakes from black mambas to Mozambique spitting cobras to rock pythons.
This 14 ft python was by no means the biggest one André has caught - he says a 16 ft 8" biggie he caught two years ago in the same area holds that honour.
The fate of the goat is unknown.