Are you missing a python?
An Apache Junction resident found the crawling creature Aug. 11 inside his home in the 600 block of E. Mesquite Ave., near East 16th Avenue and South Winchester Road, according to Dave Montgomery, assistant fire chief and public information officer for Superstition Fire and Medical District.
The homeowner, who was not named, had called the fire district after trapping it inside a cardboard box, Mr. Montgomery said in an e-mail to the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent. He did not know how the homeowner discovered the reptile or if that night’s rain and wind storms had anything to do with the snake showing up inside the home, he said during a phone interview. The homeowner did not know if any of his neighbors keep snakes for pets, he said.
Mr. Montgomery described the snake as about 3-1/2 feet long, well-fed and calm.
“Our guys recognized it as a python due to the coloring, size, shape, etc. We removed it using our snake tongs and secured it in our standard snake bucket,” Mr. Montgomery said. “We think someone will most likely come looking for a snake this size.”
The homeowner was happy to learn the snake was a python, which is not poisonous, instead of a bull or western diamondback snake, the latter of which is poisonous, Mr. Montgomery said. The latter two are the snakes most commonly removed by the fire district, Mr. Montgomery said.
The fire district kept the snake overnight and turned it over to the Paws and Claws Care Center Aug. 12. It will go up for adoption on Aug. 18 if the owner does not claim it, according to the animal control center’s Facebook page. The center is at 725 E. Baseline Road in Apache Junction. Its phone number is 480-983-4405.
People who find snakes that pose a threat either inside or outside their home should call 911 and an appropriate response team will be dispatched to handle the situation, Mr. Montgomery said.
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