The Miami-Dade Fireplace Rescue Division (MDFR) not too long ago shared a surprising video of certainly one of its officers dealing with a big boa constrictor in a residential neighborhood.

The video posted to Instagram and X, previously Twitter, on Thursday exhibits Lieutenant Christopher Pecori from the division’s Venom One response unit utilizing a tarp to wrap up and seize the 8 foot, 40 pound red-tailed boa constrictor.

The snake, an invasive species native to Central and South America, was “menacing” a bunch of peafowl when it was captured and faraway from the residential space. The animal was “endorsed over to Florida Fish and Wildlife authorities for additional processing,” based on the MDFR in its Instagram submit.

“On Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 12:09 p.m., Lt. Christopher Pecori from the Venom One Response group encountered an invasive red-tailed boa constrictor in the midst of a roadway in Palmetto Bay,” the division’s Instagram submit acknowledged. “A misery name had alerted MDFR a couple of sizable python on the highway that was menacing a bunch of peafowl, showcasing the hazard they pose to native wildlife. The Venom One Response officer promptly headed to the scene and acknowledged the formidable serpent as an invasive pink tail boa constrictor, measuring about eight ft in size and weighing round 40 kilos. Skillfully capturing the snake, the officer safely secured it in a big tarp.”

Newsweek reached out to the Miami-Dade Fireplace Rescue Division and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee (FWC) for extra feedback on the seize.

Boa constrictors usually are not unlawful to personal in Florida regardless of their invasive species standing.

Of their native vary, red-tailed boas can attain lengths of as much as 13 ft, though they hardly ever exceed 8 ft, based on the FWC.

Purple-tailed boas are frequent within the pet commerce. Nonetheless, as a result of quite a few pet snakes have escaped or been launched the boas have been capable of set up steady populations in Miami-Dade County because the Nineteen Seventies. Boa constrictors can decimate populations of small native vertebrates, and in addition outcompete different predators for meals, impacting native ecosystems.

In accordance with the Florida Museum of Historical past, boa constrictors might chew to defend themselves. Bigger ones have massive, sharp tooth, and their bites could cause extreme lacerations. They’re additionally able to consuming canines and cats.

In Florida, boa constrictors have been present in numerous habitats, together with residential neighborhoods. The snakes could also be discovered on the bottom or in timber. Boa constrictors are nocturnal and normally stay properly hidden in dense vegetation or burrows in the course of the day to keep away from detection, based on the Florida Museum of Historical past.

In April, a police officer in Clearwater, Florida, eliminated a 5 foot boa constrictor from a neighborhood enterprise. In footage of the incident, shared to Fb by the Clearwater Police Division, the officer could be seen coaxing the snake out from behind the window bars within the enterprise’ storeroom.

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This text by Gabe Whisnant was first printed by Newsweek on 17 December 2023. Lead Picture: The patterned Columbian red-tailed boa constrictor, present in South America, is seen. The Miami-Dade Fireplace Rescue Division (MDFR) not too long ago shared a surprising video of certainly one of its officers dealing with a big boa constrictor in a residential neighborhood. AFP/GETTY IMAGES.

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