Florida Woman Finds 9-Foot-Long Green Anaconda

Posted: Feb 4 2016, 7:55am CST | by , Updated: Feb 4 2016, 8:05am CST, in News | Latest Science News


Florida Woman Finds 9-Foot-Long Anaconda
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Woman surprised by the Slithery Predator hiding behind the Bushes.

Miss Leisa Remsberg from Melbourne, Florida, discovered a giant green anaconda in her backyard on Monday morning while she was walking her dogs.

She has been reported to have said that she had let her two dogs, Gizmo, the shih tzu and Teddy, that is a half-poodle half-shih tzu, out for a morning walk when one of the dogs discovered a huge anaconda. She exclaimed that it took her a while to determine that the creature was a huge snake. 

She told a reporter in an interview that the snake, sensing the danger, raised its reptilian head in order to defend itself against the by-now curious dogs.

Remsburg told USAToday that "It raised its head up like it ... like snapping at them ... like lurching at them to make them back off, I started screaming for the dogs right away."

She said that one of the dogs, Teddy, rushed back into the house responding to her screams while Gizmo stood there either out of curiosity or bravery, she could not say which one.  

Remsburg explained that she panicked and dialed 911 for help.   "I did not know what it was," she said. "I knew it was not good. I was just screaming, 'There's just this huge, huge snake!'"

Remsburg's neighbor, Bill Motley, who heard the commotion, came over to help. Fortunately Mr Motley, who is a Texas native, had hands-on experience with snakes.

Motley said, "I've dealt with rattlers, and copperheads and moccasins -- but never anything like that." In his opinion the snake was a python. 

Motley used a shovel to put the snake inside a container, in order to hold it off until authorities arrived.

The animal was taken into custody by animal control workers and transferred to an animal shelter that went by the name of Incredible Pets. It was located on Wickham Road. Later the animal was taken by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

A Professor at the Florida Tech was able to distinguish the animal as a green anaconda snake that was non-venomous and was estimated to be 2 years old. Green anacondas are believed to be native to South America and can grow in length up to 20 feet and weigh as much as 500 pounds. 

Another 9 foot long anaconda was shot and killed by state wildlife officers near the St. Johns River at the Brevard a couple of months back.

The discovery of snakes in Florida is being viewed as a threat to the natives and wildlife in the vicinity. FWC has been unable to detect a microchip inside the body of the snake, which suggests that the animal was not owned.

The question now being addressed is that where did the animal actually come from?   

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