Miami, Florida (WFOR) -- A North African python, also known as a rock python, killed a family's husky in Southwest Miami-Dade County on August 30.
Miami-Dade County responded to the initial call, but the Florida Fish& Wildlife Commission wasn't notified until September 2 and didn'tissue a general news release about the rare attack and the details are justnow becoming public.
It happened near the Bird Drive recharge area of Miami-Dade County, where other rock pythons have been seen.
According to FWC, there appears to be a proliferation of these types of pythons in the area.
"We do know there is a colony of these types of pythons concentratedin a six-square mile area in southwest Miami-Dade County," said JorgePino, spokesperson for FWC.
The 10-foot long, 36-pound snake killed the 60-pound Siberian huskyin just minutes from when the animals were discovered. The snake waskilled and is being sent to the University of Florida for a necropsy.
Experts say that these types of attacks are indeed rare and thatencountering pythons most commonly occurs in communities on the edge ofthe Everglades in the fall and winter months.
The FWC said they are conducting "targeted outreach and canvassing ofthe nearby residential areas to inform folks about the species,"according to an internal FWC email. FWC said in the email that thetargeted approach was "a more appropriate method to inform thepotentially affected public than a general media release would havebeen."
State biologists believe a colony of rock pythons is living in thearea and breeding. A total of 27 North African pythons have beencaptured in the area where the husky was killed in the area which issouth of Tamiami Trail, east of Krome Avenue, North of Bird and West ofSW 137th Avenue.
FWC said it's important to remember that wild pythons do notgenerally attack humans without provocation and attacks on domestic petsare rare. However, adults should supervise small children and pets whenoutside.
FWC also said it is expanding the current search areas and canvassingneighborhoods with information for residents ahead of the fall andwinter seasons when pythons are more likely to be encountered.
If you see a python, you're asked to call the exotic species hotline at 888-483-4861.