That's no branch: Miami cyclists find 8-foot python

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Quite a sight for three cyclists in south Miami-Dade when they came upon an 8-foot Burmese python on the side of the road.

The cyclists were near SW 135th Avenue and SW 8th Street when they spotted what they first thought was a large tree branch. When the snake scurried into a grassy area near the road, they became concerned it could threaten people or their pets.

Rescue crews were able to capture the snake, which was to be turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Pythons are very active between April and October when they try to eat as much as possible before temperatures drop.

In February, 106 Burmese pythons were captured during a month-long, state-sanctioned hunt.

Thousands of the invasive snakes are believed to be stalking Florida wildlife in the beleaguered Everglades.


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