Anacondas Found Along Florida's Space Coast

Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 09:40:55-05

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials say two green anaconda snakes were recently found along Florida's Space Coast.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday said that an 8-foot, 8-inch snake was captured in a Melbourne, Florida neighborhood and another snake was found near the border of Brevard and Orange counties.

Wildlife officials say in the first case it appears that the snake had been a pet based on the fact that a domestic rat was found in the snake's stomach.

Wildlife officials were unable to determine whether the second snake had been used as a pet since there was no examination of the remains.

Neither snake was tagged with a transponder, as is required by state law.

The agency prohibits the use of the snake as personal pets.