16 Foot Burmese Python Caught in Miami-Dade County Florida

MIAMI, Oct. 5 (UPI) — A fire rescue official in Miami-Dade County, Fla., says she helped capture a 16-foot Burmese python discovered near an area nursery.

Lt. Lisa Wood of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Response Team said with the help of several firefighters, she was able to successfully capture the large snake and hand it over to federal wildlife biologist Skip Snow, WFOR-TV, Miami, reported Monday.

Wood said when she first responded to a call about a large snake near a nursery Saturday, she was expecting an 8-foot Burmese python.

The fire rescue official said ultimately she learned the snake had been hiding and was actually twice the length she initially expected, WFOR reported.

The TV station said Snow plans on implanting a global positioning system tracking device into the large python in order to track the snake’s movements once it is released into the wild.

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