Woman Finds Python In Washing Machine After Mistaking It For Snake Print Garment
Emily Visnic, from West Palm Beach, told CBS12 News that she had just come home to her high-rise apartment after a run, and decided to go and check on her laundry.
Looking into the machine, she clocked what she assumed was a piece of clothing with snake print material, and reached in to grab it.
It was then that Visnicrealised she was wrong. So, so wrong.
Inside the washing machine was actually a living python, which is probably one of the last things she expected to find in there.
Visnic still has no idea how it got into her laundry room, but was thankfully able to call her apartment maintenance to have the reptile removed.
Florida has had a strange problem with pythons for some time now, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently announcing it had removed its 5,000thBurmese python from the Everglades.
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Pythons have been in South Florida since the 1970s, with WUSF reporting that this is thought to be the result of escaped or released exotic pets.
In recent years, the FWC has been working with the South Florida Water Management District and private hunters to try and solve the issue, but it's estimated that there could still be tens of thousands of wild pythons living in and around the Everglades.
FWC spokesperson Carli Segelson said Burmese pythons have led to a decline in native species, telling WUSF: "They have established a breeding population in the Everglades ecosystem.
"So, that means they are reproducing on their own. So, the more pythons we can get out, obviously the better. Every snake removed, we consider a win for native wildlife."
The United States Geological Survey says Burmese pythons - which have been illegal to own in Florida since 2010 - are now distributed 'across more than a thousand square miles of southern Florida', including all of Everglades National Park and areas to the north including Big Cypress National Preserve and Collier-Seminole State Forest.
If you see a python, you should 'avoid interacting with them or getting close to them', the USGS said, urging people to exercise the same precautions as you would take with alligators.
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