NBC News reported that the awkward discovery was made on Friday in the boat’s shower after Sandy Skwirut and Jim Hart of Chicago docked at Rose Marina on Marco Island.
Dan High, the Rose Marina General Manager, told news agencies that the female occupant of the boat went face to face with the python when she tried to use the boat’s shower.
Rose Marina called the incident “a first” and noted the “unwelcome stowaway” was found moments after the 42-foot boat was tied into a transient slip.
Marco Island police transferred the invasive snake into the custody of a “local wildlife handler,” according to a news release.
7-foot python discovered as an ‘unwelcome stowaway’ on a boat at a Florida marina https://t.co/bjckfTr2sR— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 13, 2021
Photos showed the irritated serpent tightly wrapped around an officer’s forearm, with its mouth open.
News of the discovery prompted a guessing game over how it got aboard, and some cited it as proof of how the invasive species can “island hop” via boats.