"Just how it got there is unclear.
Richie said the snake could have been someone’s pet, which she said she doubted.
“It could have come on the island in a landscaping truck, in a lawn-care vehicle,” said Richie.
But then again, it could have slithered its way over the S.S. Jollley Bridge that connects Marco from the mainland, she said.
“We’re not sure how it got here,” said Richie.
It was a first for Marco, said Richie.
Recently, more and more pythons are being discovered in the nearby Everglades, likely discarded pets left to fend for themselves in the harsh Florida environment, Dube said.
“They’re all over the Everglades now,” said Dube, “and even as far down in the Keys as Islamorada.” "
That is my house you can see in the background of this photo and this is all too close for comfort. I have snake phobia as it is. It's the reason we removed several hundred dollars worth of beautiful firecracker plants and replaced them with thorny bougainvilleas. The black snakes loved to crawl up in the soft grassy masses and sun themselves on a warm winter day.