HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A 10-foot-6-inch Burmese python was captured Monday afternoon near the Homestead Golf Course at Keys Gate.
The sunbathing snake was spotted by two children who were walking home from school in the area at about 3:50 p.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue reported.
When the Venom One unit arrived, other responders who had arrived just a few minutes before pointed to a large brush area where the snake had been seen, fire officials said.
Lt. Scott Mulling, from fire rescues' venom unit, spotted the snake and retrieved it.
The snake will be turned over to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists.
"Burmese pythons, famous invaders of the Florida Everglades, although they pose little threat to humans, can take down animals as large as alligators and deer," Erika Benitez, public information officer for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said.