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No joke, it was a 10-foot python in her driveway



Times writer Leonora LaPeter wrote recently about the rapid spread of pythons in Florida. The giant snakes from southeast Asia havefound their way into just about every corner of the 1.5-million-acre Everglades.

They're also slithering around Myakka City, it seems. Soonafter LaPeter's story publishesd, she got this photo of a 10-foot python from Jeff Norris of the  Nuisance Wildlife Relocation in Ellenton.

He described the snake's capture: The Albino Burmese Python was headed down Diana Ballard’s Myakka City driveway late Thursday night when her sister-in-law pulled in behind it.

“She called me and I thought she was playing a joke on me, but of course I went out there and it was real,” Ballard said.

The snake was fairly docile and stopped moving once everyone began training their flashlights on it. Before long, some friends grabbed it and put it in a truck toolbox. The python had some cuts on its head like it had been in the wild for a while, but it is likely a released pet,  Norris said.

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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:43pm]


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