MILFORD - Police are continuing their search for a “poison of interest” - a 15-foot long, brown-colored python of about a 4-inch diameter. Actually, pythons aren’t poisonous; however, they do have teeth - and their body length can grow up to 33 feet.
This particularly slithery fellow has managed to elude his would-be captors since he went on the lam in the 400 block of Crossmain.
Police Chief Carlos Phoenix confirmed with the Daily Light that his officers are keeping an eye out for the reptile, which came up missing Sunday after the storms moved through.
Phoenix said the python’s owners had put it outside in its cage on Saturday during a garage sale.
“They had the python for sale and left it out overnight. They noticed it was gone right after the storms (Sunday morning),” he said, saying the last time anyone at the residence saw the snake in its cage was at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
The family is unsure whether someone took the python or whether it managed to get out of the cage, which was still closed when they found it empty.
Police were notified late Sunday afternoon that it was gone, and officers and volunteer firemen conducted a search. They were unable to find the reptile, however.
Although it’s a possibility the snake may have been stolen, Phoenix said he believes the reptile forced its way out through a 3- to 4-inch gap that could be created between the cage and its gate.
“That size of a snake could probably squeeze through that size of a hole,” he said, saying he believe the python is still around. “I’m thinking it got out and it’s underneath their house. One snake person I talked with said this type of snake is highly territorial and wouldn’t go far from its location.”
Although the python has been hand-raised since it was a hatchling and is used to being around people, including children, police have notified everyone in a two-block area to be aware.
“We let everybody know there was a snake on the loose,” Phoenix said. “If anybody sees it, they should contact us immediately.”
If the python is seen, plans are in place to get either the owner out to retrieve it or to have a snake handler dispatched, Phoenix said, saying officers continue to watch for the python and are spending some time each day looking for it.
The python was just fed, so it probably won’t be looking itself for a meal anytime soon.
“One good thing about living in the country is there are a lot of field mice and rabbits in the area,” Phoenix said.
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