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Anaconda Cited in Disappearance of Ducks, Geese

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Osceola County sheriff's deputies found a 12-foot anaconda they believe is responsible for a number of missing geese, chickens and ducks.

The snake was found Wednesday during a mounted patrol unit training exercise at East Lake Fish Camp. Deputies examined storm grates and saw the snake.

Deputies said the discovery of the snake in Kissimmee explains why neighbors in the area recently reported numerous geese, chickens and ducks missing.

The snake was taken to Reptile World Serpentarium, where experts confirmed it was an anaconda.

The Sheriff's Office said anacondas are non-venomous snakes found in tropical South America. They can grow up to 30 feet and live mostly in water. They typically prey on fish or animals that come near the water, but they can be a threat to humans.

The Sheriff's Office said it does not know how long the snake has been in the area or how it got there.

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