Reporting from Orlando, Fla. — A 12-foot green anaconda has been captured at a Florida park, where it apparently had been feasting on waterfowl for months.
The giant snake, a native of the Amazon, was spotted and captured Jan. 13 at East Lake Fish Camp by an Osceola County sheriff's mounted patrol unit.
Toni Englert, who keeps horses at the park's stable, witnessed the capture.
"The officers called me over and said, 'Toni, I think we know what happened to the ducks,' " Englert said.
Englert had pointed out to deputies, who train at the park, that the ducks and geese were disappearing. She said she had assumed an alligator was responsible.
"We would only find feathers all over the place," she said.
Englert said the snake was discovered in a drainpipe leading to a pond, which is probably where it eluded discovery -- until the recent cold weather made it sluggish.