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Rock Python Kills Husky in Miami-Dade: Officials Fear New Breed of "Super Snake"

A North African python, which also goes by the menacing name "rock python," killed a West Kendall family's 60-pound Siberian Husky.

Florida already has a pretty bad snake problem, what with the invasive Burmese python causing havoc in the Everglades.

Now comes this new species of python breeding in the Everglades, one that officials fear, if it happens to breed with Burmese, could create a species of "super snake."

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a frantic call about a rock python attacking the husky, named Duke, on August 30.

Duke's owners tried to free the dog from the constricting snake, but it was an impossible task.

Officials say that reports of rock python in Africa range from the snake killing goats and crocodiles to even, in some case, children.

The snake first appeared in the Everglades around 2002, but they weren't officially documented until 2009, when a colony was spotted.

Since then, state biologists have nabbed 27 rock pythons.

There are officially 26 species of pythons in the world. But officials say the rock python is probably the nastiest.

They're called ill-tempered, menacing, and vicious.

And now state environmental officials are concerned that the rock python might be breeding with the Burmese, which would lead to a "super snake," which is both parts awesome and terrifying.

"They are bigger and meaner than the Burmese python... It's not good news," said Deborah Drum, deputy director for the district's restoration sciences department.

Aside from animals that live in the Everglades being in danger and the habitat being wrecked by these "super snakes," there also concern that we could see more tragic cases like Duke's.

Florida is becoming a breeding ground for exotic and invasive species, which is posing a serious threat and literally choking out the environment here.

Might be time for another SNAKE HUNT, Y'ALL!

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