Anaconda captured at Osceola County park
Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:44 a.m.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A 12-foot green anaconda was captured by deputies at an Osceola County horse park.
The nonpoisonous constrictor was spotted and captured Wednesday morning by the sheriff's mounted patrol unit, which trains at East Lake Fish Camp in northern Osceola County.
Toni Englert, who keeps horses at the park's stable, told the deputies that she had noticed ducks and geese disappearing over the past few months but assumed it was an alligator.
Rick Brown, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, believes it's the first time an anaconda has been caught in the wild in the state. Green anacondas, which are native to the Amazon region, can grow to be 30 feet long.
Officials believe the cold weather made the snake sluggish, leading to its capture.
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