BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — The quick reaction from a Brevard County citizen who spotted a huge anaconda snake on the loose may have wound up saving lives.
The anaconda snake was more than nine feet long. Anacondas are members of the boa family and squeeze their prey. They are the largest snakes in the world and can grow to more than 29 feet in length, according to National Geographic. They are not native to Florida, they are native to South America.
The anaconda discovered in Broward County was spotted by a fisherman near SR50 at the St. Johns River, near the Brevard and Orange County line, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The FWC posted photos of the anaconda on its Facebook page along with the comment.
“Thanks to the quick reporting by the caller, the officers were able to euthanize the non-native constrictor before it could escape into the water. This incident shows how important it is to report sightings of nonnative wildlife including constrictor snakes like this one. If you see non-native fish and wildlife please report them to our Invasive Species Hotline at 1-888-IveGot1 (1-888-483-4861), online at IVEGOT1.org or by using the free smart phone app IVEGOT1.”