Man finds 13-foot Burmese python in back of his shed

By Amanda Batchelor, Senior Digital Editor, abatchelor@wplg.com
Ben Candea, Senior Web Producer, bcandea@local10.com
Published On: Aug 05 2013 06:22:54 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 05 2013 11:40:04 PM EDT

A man stumbles across a 13-foot Burmese python in the back of his shed.

HIALEAH, Fla. -

A man stumbled across a 13-foot Burmese python in the back of his shed Sunday night.

Miami-Dade's Anti-Venom unit removed the snake that was found at 1090 W. 60th Street.

"It was very nicely hold up in the shed," said Miami-Dade Anti-Venom unit Lt. Lisa Wood. "There was a shed skin in there as well."

Neighbors said the python may be responsible for missing pets.

"Apparently there's a couple of rabbits and a cat missing from the neighborhood recently, so the snake may be to blame for that," said Wood.

Florida prohibits owning or selling pythons, an invasive species, as pets. Experts estimate that thousands of the snakes live in the Florida Everglades.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the snake does not have a microchip. If, however, the owner comes forward, he will be fined.

"It's rather docile, so we can make the assumption that it was a pet," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Jeff Fobb.

MDFR says they will most likely keep the snake for training purposes.

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