Seized snakes up for adoption

Christy Thompson, GM Community Relations Calgary Humane Society holds up a a rare lavender albino...

Christy Thompson, GM Community Relations Calgary Humane Society holds up a a rare lavender albino banana king snake on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Calgary, Alta. Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Bill Kaufmann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 PM ET

CALGARY -- They're scaling up the snake adoptions.

The Calgary Humane Society has an unusually large number of serpents in their care after a raid on a home on April 30 that uncovered a horde of neglected exotic animals, society spokeswoman Christy Thompson said.

"We've had a high number for the past few months...one of the reasons we have so many is they're harder to adopt," Thompson said.

After they were seized, they were put in foster care, which brought the serpents up to better health and acceptance of humans, she added.

"They're really beautiful, really sociable and handle-able," Thompson said, adding the boas make perfectly safe pets.

Included among the snakes are corn snakes and a rare lavender albino banana king snake.

Those interested in the reptiles must have a properly equipped terrarium and the knowledge to care for them, Thomspon said.

"We want people to set them up for success," she said.

That specialized care is a burden for the society, which already deals with large numbers of cats and dogs at all times, said Thompson.

"It's a big drain on our resources," she said, adding the shelter expects more of the reptiles to join its coiled ranks.

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