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article imageGiant Burmese python caught in Florida swimming pool

By Kim I. Hartman     Jan 6, 2012 in Environment
Miami - A 13-foot Burmese python was captured at a residence in Florida after homeowners reported they found the reptile swimming in their backyard pool.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the call at the Palmetto Bay home and were able to safely retrieve the snake from the pool and secure it in a cage.
Capt. Jeffrey Fobb with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom Response Bureau, told NBC Miami, the snake would be used to train officers for future snake encounters and rescues. Fobb cautioned residents to stay away from exotic animals in the wild and to notify authorities if they spot a snake in their neighborhood.
Fobb said, "because this snake was found so far from the Everglades, it may have been released by someone who had acquired it as a pet."
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers report Burmese pythons have been found in the Everglades National Park and the Southern Glades Wildlife and Environmental area by game officials. They can reach up to 26 feet in length and weigh over 200 pounds.
The population of Burmese pythons has continued to grow in the Everglades following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which destroyed several reptile houses in the region. Authorities say reptile owners have contributed to the growing number of non-native snakes in the Everglades when owners have released them after they become to big to care for and feed.
A 16-foot python was found in October in Florida with a 76-pound adult deer inside its stomach after game officials shot the snake. In 2005, a Burmese python made the national news after it was found split open with a 6-foot alligator protruding from its stomach.
Florida residents are prohibited from owning the Burmese python as a pet.
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