Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A 9-foot green anaconda was caught in Melbourne this week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 6:01 AM

  • Photo via Florida Fish and Wildlife Flickr
A massive anaconda was found in a Melbourne woman's backyard earlier this week, but it wasn't buns this snake was after, but two small dogs.

Leisa Remsberg let her two dogs, Gizmo and Teddy, outside Monday morning and found an unexpected nine-foot green anaconda, according to Florida Today

After the snake snapped at her pets, Remsberg called 911. While she waited for authorities to arrive, her neighbor captured the snake using a shovel and put in in a sealed container. 

The dogs are fine. 

Brevard County Animal Services arrived to secure the snake, but later turned the situation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, reports Florida Today. 

FWC officers took the snake to a veterinarian and had it euthanized for research purposes. 

Greg Workman, a spokesman for the FWC, told Florida Today that the snake did not have the legally required microchip that would be found in an escaped pet and that wildlife officers are still trying to determine where the snake came from.

Green anacondas can weigh more than 500 pounds and grow longer than 30 feet. They are native to South America, but have also been found in Florida. Last November, another nine-foot green anaconda was shot and killed near the St. John's River in Brevard County. 

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation