One of the many treasures of living in Florida is the expansive wildlife population. On any given day one could encounter bears, panthers, eagles, snakes, hogs, gators and just about anything else that would keep a parent from letting their kids play outside. The reason being that many of Florida’s homes were built in close proximity to wildlife habitats and lowland environments.
Just this weekend, a flea market customer received a pleasant surprise when she was greeted by a python lurking in the depths of some flea market gold. According to the Miami Herald,
“Nearly eight feet long. About 40 pounds. A bulge in its belly from a good meal. A customer rummaging through a stack of jeans, T-shirts and shorts got more than she bargained for when she came across the Burmese python Sunday morning at a Homestead flea market.”
Forty pounds?! That’s at least a snakeskin jacket, a pair of boots and a belt!. An outfit to die for if you’re from one of these Florida cities.
“She didn’t know what to make of it at first. “It’s a good thing she didn’t grab it,” said Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Lt. Scott Mullen, explaining that pythons have more than 100 sharp teeth and a mean bite — but they are not venomous. The customer quickly alerted the booth owner at the market, 272 Krome Ave., who then called fire-rescue. “It was looking for a cozy place to digest its meal,” Mullen said. Mullen, a member of Miami-Dade’s Venom One Unit, said when he got to the market the snake was coiled among the goods.”
The thirty shopper probably thought she found the flea market buy of the century, reaching for the snake skin accessory she had been wanting for so long. What she probably thought was snakeskin scarf would have turned the lady into a Sunday afternoon brunch.
If you’re not from Florida, a situation like this would probably worry you. But for most of us, this is honestly a pretty common occurrence. Stuff like this happens all the time, if it didn’t, half of the shows on Animal planet and Nat Geo Wild probably wouldn’t exist.
“The snake likely had no trouble slithering its way into the clothes at the open-air market, with a tarp covering the booth’s clothing table. Pythons tend to look for dark, warm spots to hang out and digest. They are nocturnal creatures and come out at night looking for food and then look for a place to rest during the day,” he said.
Sounds pretty similar to the life of a college student to me.
“Mullen gently reached in and grabbed the snake, which weighed about 35-40 pounds, without anyone getting hurt or the clothes getting ruined.”
Don’t worry, none of the rhinestone polluted bell-bottom jeans were damaged in the removal of the snake.
“The python was handed over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.”
What’s next for the flea market shacker? Most likely euthanasia. Who knows though, you might just see the clearance rack reptile on the next heart-wrenching ASPCA commercial.