Police searching for missing python

Kristen Bowman, with Little Ray's Reptile Zoo, holds a Malaysian Blood Python at the Butterfly...

Kristen Bowman, with Little Ray's Reptile Zoo, holds a Malaysian Blood Python at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls. Swamp Creatures is a new exhibit that features hands-on learning, and educational interpretation with creatures from the world's swamps and wetlands.The exhibit runs until May 11, 2014. MIKE DIBATTISTA/NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW/QMI AGENCY

Dave Lazzarino, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

EDMONTON - Pet owners are no strangers to runaways. Cats go missing, dogs chase rabbits. Even birds have been known to take flight from the house and have to be coaxed back.

In Spruce Grove’s Aspenglen neighbourhood, a relatively different animal has managed to evade its owner.

Cops there reported Sunday that a three-foot-long blood python - a snake native to southeast Asia - had escaped from its home in Spruce Grove.

Police, along with Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers and Spruce Grove Municipal Enforcement, say they have consulted with reptile experts who claim the serpent posese “virtually no threat to public safety.”

The snake, which is three-feet long with orange, brown and black markings, is also said to be not offensive in nature and is likely hiding away from populated areas and attempting to stay warm.


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