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Python Captured in Melbourne Florida

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Residents of a subdivision in Melbourne were surprised by the discovery of a 13-foot snake living just outside of their back yards.

Christ Cates, a contractor whose company is building a fence along the boundary of the subdivision, caught the snake.

“There’s too many kids around here. We needed to get that snake away from them,” Cates said.

Cates said he believes the snake is a Burmese python. Cates’ fencing crew saw the snake crossing over a chain-link fence as they were working. They found it fewer than 10 feet from several back yards.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill said Burmese pythons are illegal to possess without a permit in Florida, and they’re considered dangerous to wildlife and people.

Authorities will try to find a licensed python handler to take the snake away. If none can be found, the snake will be destroyed, Hill said.

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