A Florida woman got the scare of her life when she was sifting through a pile of clothes at a local flea market. As the dug through the pile, the woman was shocked to see an eight-foot-long Burmese python nestled in the clothes.
According to WFTV, the eight-foot, 40-pound python was found in Homestead on Sunday morning. Upon finding the snake, the flea market, located at 272 Krome Avenue, called the local fire department for help. The python looked as though it had just finished eating, and Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Lt. Scott Mullen said the snake was probably just looking for a cozy place to digest his meal.
“It’s a good thing she didn’t grab it,” Mullen said, adding that while pythons aren’t venomous, they still have over 100 razor-sharp teeth, the Orlando Sentinel reports. “They’re not venomous. They’re constrictors,” Mullen added. “They don’t want to mess with humans. They’d rather get away from us.”
— MDFR (@MiamiDadeFire) September 27, 2015
Mullen said it is not unusual to see pythons out in Homestead this time of year. The fields are being cleared by farmers for harvest, and the rain is pushing the snakes out of their normal hiding places.
“They are nocturnal creatures and come out at night looking for food and then look for a place to rest during the day,” Mullen said.
Mullen was able to safely remove the python from the table without anyone being injured, or any of the clothes being damaged. The python was later turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and will likely face euthanasia because pythons are not native to Florida.
“They were very happy to see it go,” he said.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Commission was called to another Florida neighborhood earlier this week after someone spotted a monkey sitting on a mailbox, eating the mail from inside.
According to the Sanford Police Department’s Facebook page, they were called to the scene shortly after 8:00 p.m. Because they were unsure of whether or not the monkey would be aggressive, the officers brought with them members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a precaution.
“Shortly after 8:00 a.m., we received a call from a Sanford resident that lives in the Hidden Lakes subdivision reporting that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox. When we arrived to help the monkey, later identified at Zeek, decided to pull off molding from one of our patrol cars. We were able to distract Zeek with a bottle of water until his owner came and retrieved him.”
The monkey’s owner arrived at the scene shortly thereafter. The owner reportedly had the proper permit to own Zeek, and was able to eventually coax Zeek back to him and took him home.
— FOX8 WGHP (@myfox8) September 29, 2015
“Our officers respond to some pretty serious, sad and horrific calls,” Cordingly said. “It’s nice to be able to respond to something of this nature, a little more lighthearted and have a happy ending.”
— #Q13FOX News (@Q13FOX) September 28, 2015
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