ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Police in west-central Florida found themselves grappling with a large snake in a park Wednesday morning.
The species was identified by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer, the television station reported.
According to the FWC, ball pythons are nonnative snakes that are usually pets. They are often confused with Burmese pythons, an invasive species that grows to much longer lengths. Ball pythons rarely grow longer than 4 feet, wildlife officials said. Ball pythons were first observed in Florida in 1995, wildlife officials said.
According to police, Grata captured the snake, aided by a park employee, WFLA reported. Grata pulled the snake from the bushes by its tail and placed it in a garbage can, the television station reported.
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