Police say a 7-foot python snuck onto a sailboat in the Florida Keys and hitchhiked, staying on board until the boat completed its nearly 100-mile journey
The crew found the 7-foot (2.1-meter) snake in the boat’s shower after docking at Marco Island on the southwest coast of Florida’s Gulf on Friday after the trip from Indian Key, a distance of approximately 95 miles (155 kilometers) around the southern tip of the peninsula.
Police responded quickly and transferred the invasive snake after its ride to a local wildlife manager, according to a police press release.
The police department released several photos of a uniformed officer smiling wildly on the boat with the python wrapped around his arm several times.
In May, a python over 8 feet long was captured on a boat in Coral Gables, the Miami Herald reported.
The US Geological Survey says there is no evidence of pythons swimming from the Everglades to the Keys, but they haven’t totally ruled it out.
“Because pythons regularly escape or are released from captivity, it can be difficult to determine if a snake encountered in the Keys arrived there while swimming from the mainland or was a former captive pet on the island. “the agency said previously.