Published: Saturday, July 01, 2017 @ 5:31 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — A stowaway Burmese python was found in a boat headed from Everglades City to Orlando for repairs, wildlife officials say.
When the couple, who own the boat, pulled the deck back to inspect the engine, they found the 8-foot snake slithering, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
The boat owners humanely killed the animal and reported it to wildlife officials.
FWC officers said any resident who spots an invasive species, such as Burmese pythons, should call the Exotic Species Hotline.
The removal of the snake qualified the couple for a chance to win a prize through the Python Pickup Program.