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Friday, February 5, 2016

A Florida Woman Was Walking Her dogs When She Spotted the 9-Foot-Long Anaconda Snake in the Grass

Leisa Remsberg let her two dogs out Monday morning to do what dogs do.

Gizmo, a Shih Tzu and Teddy a Poodle/Shih Tzu mix, dashed to the side yard to sniff out a large, shiny dark object.

"I wasn't thinking what it was, because it was so large," said Remsberg, who trailed behind her dogs.

A nine-foot-long green anaconda reared its head, veering toward the two pooches.

"It raised its head up like it ... like snapping at them ... like lurching at them to make them back off," Remsberg said. "I started screaming for the dogs right away."

Teddy hurried back into the house. Gizmo was still curious, brave or something else.

"He's the not-so-smart one," Remsberg said.

Remsberg dialed 911.

"I did not know what it was," she said. "I knew it was not good. I was just screaming, 'There's just this huge, huge snake!'"
Her neighbor thought it was a python.

He brought a shovel over to hold the snake down until officers could respond. He placed the snake in a container with a lid and a piece of concrete over the top to keep it trapped inside. Then, he took the snake to his yard.

Brevard County Animal Services secured the snake, ultimately handing the situation over to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Officers took the snake to a veterinary facility, which euthanized the snake, for research purposes.

Wildlife officers are trying to determine where the snake came from, said Greg Workman, spokesman for the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

They did not find the legally required microchip in the snake, he said.

"Basically, it wasn't there legally," Workman said. "They're a top predator. They get huge. They can really decimate an area."

It's the second anaconda to pop up in Brevard County, Fla., in the past few months.

In late November, state wildlife officers shot and killed a 9-foot-long green anaconda near the St. Johns River at the Brevard – Orange County line.

Green anacondas are native to South America and can grow to more than 500 pounds and 20 feet long. In Florida, the snake poses a risk to native wildlife.

Remsberg, a real estate agent at SunCoast Real Estate Group, is living in the home temporarily, awaiting a new home to be completed.

The snake's removal was a relief, especially to Gizmo, Teddy and the four chihuahuas next door.

"It was definitely crazy," Remsberg said.


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