An anaconda startled a woman in Brevard County, Florida, when it had a dangerously close encounter with her two pet dogs.
Early morning, on Monday, February 1, Melbourne resident Leisa Remsberg was in her yard, walking her shih tzu Gizmo and her shih-poo Teddy (half poodle, half shih tzu).
All of a sudden, her two pooches bolted towards one side of the garden, their attention captured completely by a conspicuous, gleaming object that was peeping from the grass.
Initially, Remsberg didn’t give it a second thought, simply following her furry friends without suspecting anything was amiss.
However, upon getting closer, she was shocked to discover a giant snake slowly raising its head, and staring right at the two dogs, as if it was ready to attack them.
In a frenzy, the pet owner called her pooches, pleading for them to get away from the reptile immediately. Terry quickly obeyed, dashing back into the house, while Gizmo still appeared entranced with the snake, paying no heed to his master’s commands.
Eventually, Remsberg called 911, alerting dispatchers about her fearsome intruder. She also asked for her neighbor’s help, still terrified that Gizmo might be injured by the threatening reptile.
At a first glance, the neighbor mistook the giant constrictor for a python, and initially succeeded in pinning it down using a shovel.
Afterwards, given that help was still on its way and the snake appeared to be growing more restless and harder to restrain, the man managed to lift the reptile and hurl it into a plastic container, slamming the lid shut and adding a chunk on concrete on top to ensure that the prisoner would find it impossible to escape.
In an effort to pacify Remsberg, the neighbor also brought the receptacle to his own yard, and then simply waited for the arrival of the emergency response officers.
Representatives of the Brevard County Animal Services soon arrived at the scene, determining that the reptile was actually a green anaconda, measuring around 9 feet.
Officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission eventually took charge of the situation, verifying if the snake had been someone’s escaped pet.
Finding no microchip on the anaconda, wildlife officials determined that the best course of action was to bring the reptile to a veterinary clinic. At the facility, the constrictor was euthanized so that it could be used for scientific purposes.
As explained by Greg Workman, a representative of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, keeping the anaconda alive would’ve yielded no benefits.
That’s because the snake reached Brevard County illegally, without having any owner to keep it under control; as a result, it would’ve surely posed a danger to local wildlife, domestic pets and local residents likewise.
Green anacondas usually inhabit South America and can normally grow up to be around 30 feet long, reaching weights of over 550 pounds.
They are considered top predators and greatly detrimental to the local ecosystem, due to their ability to overpower a wide variety of fish, mammals, birds and other reptiles.
Damon Saunders and his fellow investigators at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are now trying to determine where the constrictor might have arrived from, and have decided that after the inquest is complete, the snake will be featured in an exhibition at the Brevard County museum.
While it may appear highly unusual to find a green anaconda in one’s backyard, this is actually the second time that an incident of this kind has occurred in Brevard County in less than three months.
On November 30, 2015, another 9-foot-long anaconda was encountered close to St. Johns River, and was also euthanized.
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