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Giant python found at Marco Island water plant

Published:   |   Updated: May 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

MARCO ISLAND A giant Burmese python has been found coiled inside a valve cover box at the Marco Island Waste Water Treatment Plant.

A landscaper spotted the python Monday and called wildlife experts.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer tried to remove the python using a pole and hook. But, the snake uncoiled and tried to escape. As the python extended to its full length, it appeared to be around 12- to 14-feet long.

The Naples Daily News ( ) reports that the python will be scanned for a microchip that could identify its owner. The snake will be euthanized and undergo an autopsy for research, and to check for any eggs.