SEBASTIAN, Fla. - A woman was hospitalized Thursday after her 12-feet-long albino Burmese python bit her on the hand, according to Sebastian police and Indian River County Animal Control.
Animal Control officers went into the home in the 400 block of Tulip Drive to retrieve and euthanize the snake, named Banana, after the noontime 911 call. The unidentified woman told police she was trying to feed the reptile some poultry when it bit her hand and constricted around her arm, police spokesman Officer Steve Marcinik said.
Her husband took her to Sebastian River Medical Center for treatment, police said.
The snake is not venomous, but can grow as long as 16 feet. Burmese pythons are listed as a condition reptile by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which has prohibited personal ownership of the snakes as of July 1. Pythons have become problematic, because a large number of captive pythons have been released into the wild and made their way to the Everglades, where they have thrived, begun to reproduce prolifically, and become an invasive species.
However, anyone who owned a Burmese python and had it licensed prior to that date is permitted to keep their pets. It was not immediately known if the Sebastian couple had licensed their python.
One year ago, an albino Burmese python strangled a 2-year-old Sumter County girl to death, FWC said.
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