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Oh Nothing, Just a 13-Foot Burmese Python Chillin’ in Your Backyard Swimming Pool

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By HVnews on December 27, 2011


Santa Claus brought one South Florida family a 13-foot Burmese Python for Christmas.

Since that’s not exactly what they requested from the jolly fat man, they called in Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Unit to fetch it from their backyard pool.

While strange, incidents like these are not isolated, according to the Miami Herald:

The incident occurred just as a proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of Burmese pythons and eight other large exotic snakes has stalled, swallowed up in White House bureaucracy for nearly a year, as reported by The Miami Herald this week.

Burmese pythons are a problem in South Florida. In the Everglades, and its surrounding farm and wild lands, a population estimated in the thousands has eaten everything from alligators to endangered wood rats. Two months ago, in the latest gruesome find, South Florida Water Management District workers captured a 16-footer swollen with a 76-pound deer inside.

If you’re curious as to what a 76-pound deer might look like inside a 16-foot python:

The Everglades: Best venison in South Florida, they say.

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