[WATCH] LCSO detective captures 9-foot anaconda

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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office says it has now located the owner of the nine foot anaconda found along Louvenia Drive Wednesday.

According to an LCSO spokeswoman, the owner told them the snake had escaped and he had passed out flyers to try to find it.

LCSO says the snake will be turned over to the FWC officers on Friday. It's not clear whether the owner will get it back.

By: Julie Montanaro
October 12, 2017

"Heads up! Heads up!"

A daring rescue is caught on tape and the video shared on Facebook.

A nine foot anaconda was found along Louvenia Drive Wednesday.

"Emily Shaw you are crazy!" said the deputy filming it.

Detective Emily Shaw with the Leon County Sheriff's Office
stepped in to capture the snake and eased it into a bag. The whole thing took less than three minutes.

"Because I couldn't actually see its head when I first came out, I didn't know how long it was and it was only once I grabbed the end of its tail that I realized that it was like ... eight plus feet," Detective Shaw said.

Shaw is no stranger to snakes. She rescues them for St. Francis Wildlife.

"The funny thing in the past is when I rescue ball pythons they just kind of sit and curl up in my lap and go to sleep afterward and this snake was very aggressive... very defensive, but again she was doing exactly what she was supposed to do to survive," Shaw said.

The snake will be checked for a microchip first and then taken to a foster home.

Deputies think it's someone's pet that either escaped or someone let loose.

By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office has released unbelievable video of an LCSO detective capturing a wayward anaconda.

LCSO shared the video to their Facebook page on Thursday afternoon:

LCSO says Detective Emily Shaw responded to a call on Wednesday about an anaconda on the loose on the north side of Leon County.

Detective Shaw, who has experience handling exotic snakes, managed to capture the 9-foot yellow anaconda safely. In the video, Shaw is seen gently lowering the giant snake into a duffel bag and quickly zipping it closed.

Deputies believe the large snake was someone's pet that either escaped or was released.

LCSO is reminding owners of exotic pets who wish to surrender their animals never to release them into the wild, but to instead contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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