POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 8:46am
LEWISVILLE, TX — Laura Wise deals with all types of creatures at the Lewisville Animal Shelter, but last night's call was a first.
911 Dispatcher: What's going on?
Caller: Uh, it's more of an animal control problem. There's about, uh, an 11-foot python outside our apartment.
911 Dispatch: Is it like out in the bushes? Or?
Caller: No, its out on our patio.
911 Dispatch:It's on your outside, OK.
Caller: It's in the breezeway between two apartments. It's right out in front.
It took three officers to corral the 11-foot reticulated python. At the shelter, the 60-pound snake is more than a handful for the animal control officers.
Laura says "it's a natural instinct to coil up on something that's got a hold of her. She's wrapping, if you put your hand in there, she wraps up pretty quick."
The snake won't stay long at the shelter. The facility doesn't have a big enough tank for the snake or the proper food.
Laura says "these types of pythons will eat chickens and rabbits."
The Lewisville Animal Shelter isn't going to adopt out the python, instead, they're going to turn it into an 11 foot education tool.
The big snake is headed to the living materials center in Plano to live a comfortable life on display. An owner hasn't come forward to claim the animal and Wise says if residents have a problem with any type of animal.
Laura says "please, come to us. Don't turn it loose on the street, we don't even charge for residents to bring us an animal like that."