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Coiled culprit plucked from tree in Homestead

Posted at 10:11 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 22:11:51-05

Authorities spent Tuesday evening wrangling with a coiled culprit outside a home in Homestead.

An 8-foot Burmese python was stopped in its tracks as it slithered up a tree on the 1400 block of north Bluebird Lane.

Neighbors were stunned to see the snake and crowded around the tree before calling officials.

Cellphone video showed The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One unit responding to the scene and removing the reptile.

Florida officials work year-round to rid the state of snake. There are no known native predators to the Burmese python, which contributes to an imbalance in the ecosystem in the Florida Everglades. The snakes are known to prey on other native species, including snakes, birds, reptiles and mammals.

Courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami.