MARATHON, Fla. (AP) _ Officials have captured an 11-foot python after it slithered across a busy highway in the Florida Keys.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Cross spotted the reptile Friday as it crossed the Overseas Highway.
He followed the snake into a heavily wooded lot and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Sun Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/8dkxzjb) reports that officers captured the snake without incident.
Officials believe the snake is not an escaped pet but one in a growing population of exotics in the area.
The python was turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard.