The Martin County Sheriff's Office announced early Tuesday morning the news of capturing a ten foot albino Burmese python snake in the Salerno section of the county. The snake had likely devoured two of a homeowner's cats.
Authorities found the snake coiled in the nearby underbrush, and according to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page:
"The snake clearly did not want to be confronted. Deputy Mike Cashwell, Deputy Crystal Duncombe, Deputy Ryan Pfefile, K-9 Deputy Matt Fritchie, and Deputy William Weiss were able capture the reptile and contain it until FCW arrived to remove it. This snake is likely the product of someone who carelessly released it into the wild. Unfortunately, the reptile was able to kill family pets prior to its capture."
Experts estimate more than 150,000 Burmese python snakes have taken up residence in South Florida and have been determined to be a danger to the sensitive Everglades ecosystem by eating native wildlife. Earlier this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission allowed people to hunt and kill the snakes; even offering rewards for the largest snakes. There were 68 pythons killed.
In 2012, a 17 foot, 7 inch python was found. Read more about this story and how scientists tracked the snake's progress in order to study the species.
In August, a Hialeah man was cleaning out his shed and found a 13-foot python eating the skull of what was suspected to have been one of the man's missing cats. According to the Huffington Post, neighbors had been complaining of missing rabbits and family cats.
In case anyone is wondering, the largest python captured and killed in Florida occurred in May 2012 along a road in Miami-Dade County. The snake was 19-feet long and weighed 128 pounds.
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