Albino python captured in Florida after eating cats

Snake likely a pet that was released or escaped

Published On: Oct 02 2013 07:37:31 AM EDT
SALERNO, Fla. -

Authorities in Florida say they've captured a 10-foot albino Burmese python that apparently ate at least two cats.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies caught the snake Tuesday morning after a Salerno resident spotted the reptile. When deputies found the snake, they also found the regurgitated carcasses of two cats nearby.

The sheriff's office turned the snake over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will check to see if the snake has a micro-chip to possibly identify an owner. It wasn't immediately clear who owned the cats.

Officials believe the snake was likely a pet that had been released or escaped.

Burmese pythons are not native to Florida. The Legislature passed a law in 2010 prohibiting ownership of the animals.