Cops Catch 12-Foot, Cat-Strangling Snake

Python found near dead feline in Florida: police
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2014 1:51 PM CDT
A screen shot from CBS 12 video of the snake.   (CBS 12 video)

(Newser) – A giant python's reign of terror may be over. A Port St. Lucie, Florida, police officer found the 12-foot, 120-pound creature two days ago—at the scene of one of its alleged crimes. The snake was discovered in brush not far from a dead cat, WTSP reports. Locals and police believe the cat was one of several feline victims whose disappearance has been blamed on the alleged cat-eating snake, Fox News reports. Though Burmese pythons were banned in Florida two years ago, this snake's owner had a license, police say, per Fox. Experts think pythons have been eating mammals native to the area, WTSP notes, and though this python scare is over, there could be more to come, CBS 12 reports. (Read more pythons stories.)

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