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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) –The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom One unit made a disturbing discovery following a call about a snake in someone’s yard.

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“When I saw the snake, I panicked and I did not know what to do,” said Jeshua Araoz

The snake, in the yard of the home near SW 154th Avenue and 25th Terrace in Southwest Miami-Dade on Sunday, had its mouth sewn shut.

Jeshua’s mom, Aymara Araoz, called 911 and the on duty anti-venom unit lieutenant came and got the snake.

Baby Ball Python found in Southwest Miami-Dade with its mouth sewn shut. (Photo Credit: Lt. Scott Mullin/MDFR)

Baby Ball Python found in Southwest Miami-Dade with its mouth sewn shut. (Photo Credit: Lt. Scott Mullin/MDFR)

Lt. Scott Mullin said he’s never seen anything like this in his 17-years on the job.

In addition, he said, the snake was a baby Ball Python, which are not considered to be vicious attack snakes and are the most common types of pet pythons.

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All pythons are non-venomous and most pose no threat to humans.

Baby Ball Python found in Southwest Miami-Dade with its mouth sewn shut. (Photo Credit: Lt. Scott Mullin/MDFR)

Baby Ball Python found in Southwest Miami-Dade with its mouth sewn shut. (Photo Credit: Lt. Scott Mullin/MDFR)

Lt. Mullin wrote on his Facebook page, “I have never come across a Ball Python that was not a sweet heart. They are by nature, very docile snakes. They truly make a great pet.”

He also asked, “Can anyone tell me why this would have been done to this gentle snake?”

Aymara Araoz has a theory.

“It was stitched because of people who do witchcraft,” she said. “It is really sad because a lot of animals go through this.”

Snakes do play important roles in multiple African-based religions well known in South Florida, so CBS4’s Hank Tester visited a nearby Botanica. The on-duty clerk said he’d never heard of something like this.

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The snake is now in the care of a veterinarian as investigators try to find the person responsible.