Beaumont Animal Services Officer Ben Dykes, received quit a surprise this morning when responded to a call concerning a snake inside a resident’s apartment, located in the Cardinal Square Apartments at 1280 Saxe in south Beaumont. When Dykes arrived, the resident said that the last place she saw the “giant” snake was in the kitchen of her apartment. Dykes began searching high and low for the reptile. He looked in the cabinets, on top off the cabinets and under the cabinets. Dykes then moved his search the fridge, where he looked underneath and behind it, to no avail. As he began to question the validity of the call, Dykes looked underneath and behind the stove. The resident was insistent that it was still in the kitchen because she was watching it the whole time she was waiting on the officer. Dykes then noticed something move through a hole in the rear of the oven. He opened the top of the oven and saw nothing. He then opened the main oven compartment and there it was; a four foot long and very healthy Ball Python.
Officer Dykes then removed the snake and took it the shelter where it will be housed until the owner can be located. Ball pythons are the most popular python species in the exotic pet industry, originating in western Africa. Most pythons range in size from 3-4 feet but some have been known to grow as long as 6ft. The python apprehended today, appears to be about 4 feet in length and either very healthy or even possibly pregnant.
If anyone knows who the snake belongs to, they are urged to call Beaumont Animal Services at (409)838-3304, and ask for the Director of Animal Control, Matthew Fortenberry. Proof of ownership will be required.
Contact: Matthew Fortenberry, Beaumont Animal Services, Director of Animal Control
Email: [email protected] or phone: (409) 838-3304, (409)781-8358