Boa beware

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Do you remember the photo of the dead snake, encrusted in its tracks from a fire?

Thanks to viewer comments, we were able to get to the bottom of that photo. I was wrong on two fronts: (1) it was a boa constrictor, not a python and (2) it was shot after a prescribed burn at Deering Estates, off Cutler, near Biscayne Bay; not in the Everglades proper.

Special thanks to Stephen J. Walsh, a snake specialist at the University of Florida, for helping unravel the mystery.

Bottom line: Stay away from any constrictors, and at all costs, keep them out of the glades.

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