MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A giant Burmese python was found coiled inside a valve cover box at the Marco Island Waste Water Treatment Plant.
A landscaper spotted the python Monday and called wildlife experts.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer tried to remove the python and place it into a bag using a pole and hook. The snake uncoiled and tried to escape from the valve box. As the python extended to its full length, it appeared to be around 12- to 14-feet long.
The Naples Daily News (http://bit.ly/YRGdW9 ) reports that the python will be scanned for a microchip that could identify its owner. It then will be euthanized and autopsied for research and to check for any eggs it might be carrying.
Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com