Giant snake on the loose wrangled by Florida detective

LEON COUNTY, FL (KXAN/NBC) — A Florida detective used her sleuthing skills to find a 9-foot snake on the loose in Florida, but it was a different set of skills that helped her capture it.

Detective Emily Shaw got the call Wednesday about the yellow anaconda. Fortunately, she was prepared — she has experience handling exotic snakes.

She took a large tree branch and used it to put the snake into a gym bag. It only took her a few minutes.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials believe the snake was someone’s pet. It either escaped, or someone released it. It asked people to make sure their pets cages are secure, or call authorities if they can no longer care for an exotic pet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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