Parrish python has a community on edge

Posted at 4:35 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2018-03-01 10:43:12-05

PARRISH, FL (WWSB) - A python that is more than eight feet long is causing concern in a Suncoast community. Residents in Ancient Oaks are use to seeing alligators and other wildlife enjoying the water or strolling up and down the paths, but this latest snake sighting has many on edge.

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world, and a non-native invasive species in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Burmese pythons likely escaped from a breeding facility that was destroyed during Hurricane Andrew, and some pet pythons have probably been released in and around the Everglades.

There has been an indication, that the snakes are beginning to migrate toward the northwest of the Everglades.

Justin Matthews of Matthews Wildlife Rescue said the python roaming around Ancient Oaks was likely someone's pet at one time. 

"If you see it, give me a call, don't try to catch it," said Matthews. Once captures, the snake will move to Matthews' facility. 

You can reach Matthews Wildlife Rescue at 941-822-3272.