Burmese python eating
To his surprise, the man saw the gigantic reptile chowing down on a cat's skull in his shed, CBS reported. He quickly contacted the police, who sent five rescuers to carry the beast outside the house, according to the .
The python could have escaped from somebody's home, said Lisa Wood of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Unit to CBS News. According to Wood, it could have been inside the shed for "some time" as the reptile left behind a giant load of its own skin. She added albino snakes rarely survive in the wild.
According to NY Daily News, one the homeowner's three felines was reported missing last month, although it has not been confirmed who the cat the python was eating belonged to. "Speaking with the neighbors, apparently there's a couple of rabbits and a cat missing from the neighborhood recently, so the snake may be to blame for that, " Wood told the news station.
According to the Huffington Post, Burmese pythons have been an recurrent problem in South Florida, where about 150, 000 snakes threaten the local ecosystem.
The news site reported that early this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission held a Python Challenge to encourage people to hunt and kill the species with rewards for the most and largest one caught. Those who participated managed to capture 68 snakes in total.
A couple of months later, a man named Jason Leon captured a serpent of almost 19 feet, the largest python ever caught in the state, according to the Huffington Post. On May 11, Leon was driving in a rural area of southwest Miami-Dade when he and his passengers saw a large snake in the road. The man pulled over to get a closer look of the reptile, who was only sticking out three feet from a bush.
Leon began to pull the animal out of its hiding place, when the Burmese python began to wrap itself around his leg. His friends stepped out to his rescue, using a knife to kill the snake. They discover it was and 18-foot, 8-inch female python, according to the news site.
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