Python Joyrides around South Florida on a sailboat – CBS Miami

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MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – Police say a 7-foot python looking for a ride snuck on a sailboat in the Florida Keys and ended up staying on board until the boat reaches the southwestern Gulf Coast of the state.

The crew found the snake in the boat’s shower after docking at Marco Island on the Gulf Coast of southwest Florida on Friday after the trip from Indian Key.

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Police responded quickly and transferred the invading snake to the care of a local wildlife manager, according to a 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.

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Pythons that would descend from pets released from captivity in recent decades are now ravaging species native to parts of South Florida and invading the Everglades. Pythons, which can grow up to 6.1 meters (20 feet) and 90 kilograms (200 pounds), devour native populations of mammals and birds.

The US Geological Survey says there is no evidence that pythons swim from the Everglades to the Keys, but they haven’t ruled it out entirely.

“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 in a statement.

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