Officials investigating after Florida woman allegedly receives snake in mail

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (WSVN) — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating after a woman allegedly received a snake in the mail.

According to WBBH, the woman told police she received the package through the United States Postal Service and upon opening it, she found a large black oak snake inside.

The package had a note on the side that said “a gift for you.”

The woman took the package to the police department, and now it is being investigated as a wildlife crime.

The snake in the box was reportedly in shipping for three days from Illinois.

Wildlife experts told WBBH that it’s a miracle the snake didn’t die in transit because the animal needs hydration, sunlight and heat to live.

Police said the snake was not native to Florida and was non-venomous. It has since been handed over to the FWC.

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