7-foot Burmese python captured
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom One unit caught a Burmese python spotted in the backyard of a South Florida home, the second such sighting reported this week.
"It was about, towards like at the end of the canal, or the lake over there," said Raul Rodriguez, the homeowner who spotted the 7-foot reptile roaming in his property.
Rodriguez found the reptile slithering in the area of Southwest 43rd Street and 159th Avenue Saturday before noon.
The homeowner said it's the first time he comes into contact with the deadly species. "We had gators that would come here from time to time, like little 4, 5-foot gators, and they come and take them out, but we never had a python," he said. "This is actually the first time we ever had."
Rodriguez immediately called for help. An MDFR's Venom One unit member placed the snake in a large bag after the quick capture.
"These animals are not likely to attack unprovoked, but what constitutes provocation [might depend on] our proximity to them," said MDFR's Venom One unit Capt. Jeffrey Fobb. "If we get too close to them, they're going to feel threatened, so, you know, keep your distance."
The sighting comes two days after a Siberian Husky weighing approximately 70 pounds was suffocated by a 10-foot python in West Miami-Dade.
Rodriguez said he is alarmed by that incident, since he has two small children. "It's a scary thing to even think that," he said. "They're all over the place, and your kid can be out here, and it can pop out of nowhere."
MDFR's Venom One unit tried catching the reptile that was captured Saturday after another neighbor pointed it out earlier this week. "We were unable to catch it," said Fobb. "The animal was right at the edge of the water, and took refuge in the water. From the description of the size and proximity, it's very likely this animal."
Fobb said the chances of capturing a snake improves if the reptile has just eaten a large meal.
MDFR's Venom One unit will turn over the Burmese python that was caught today to state officials. It will most likely be euthanized.
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