18-Foot Python Found In Back Yard

September 14th, 2009 by


According to Joy Hill of FWC, the Burmese python was found at a home on Section Drive after a neighbor contacted authorities.

It took at least four men to pick up the snake, named Delilah, and move it into a cage for transport. The snake is 30 inches in circumference.

A permit for ownership of the snake was not found, the snake was not micro chipped and it was being kept in an improper cage, FWC said. Officials said the snake could have easily escaped its enclosure.

The owner’s brother, who said he was caring for the snake while the owner was moving, said he just fed the snake seven rabbits on Friday. He said his brother has owned the snake for more than 16 years and described it as docile and good around kids.

“I know she is very, very powerful, but you know, she gets out of her cage and she stays in the back yard, so it doesn’t bother me. Even if she got out, it wouldn’t bother me any,” the brother said.

The brother did say the snake had previously escaped its enclosure. He said kids have been known to ride the snake, and when the snake was smaller, the owner used to take it for “walks” around Lake Eola.

Florida law requires that Burmese python owners obtain a $100 permit annually to keep the animal.

FWC said the investigation is pending and would not discuss possible charges against the owner.

Concern about pythons, which are a non-native species in Florida, rose after a 2-year-old girl was strangled in her own bed in Sumter County in July. The snake escaped from its enclosure overnight and bit and strangled the girl while she slept.

Residents are asked to call the Wildlife Alert Hot Line at 888-404-3922 to report illegally kept snakes and other animals.

A program implemented after the toddler’s death allows permit holders to search for pythons on several FWC wildlife management areas and lands managed by the South Florida Water Management District.

Permit holders must already have a Reptile of Concern permit. When permit holders capture and euthanize a python, they must report its GPS location and take a digital photo of the carcass.

Officials estimate that there are more than 100,000 snakes roaming around the state. Snake owners are urged to properly contain these snakes and never release them in to the wild.

One Response

  1. The Masked Blogger

    Is this 2009 or the Jurassic era? I guess it could have been worse, it could have been a 19′ python, holy shiz. Move over white trash, this is “whitest trash.”

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