MISSING: Animal control searches for 10-foot python

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jul 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-09 11:56:51-04

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WTKR) – York County officials are looking for a Burmese Python in the Blackwell Trailer Court area of Oriana Road in the Grafton section of York County.

The pet snake is unaccounted for and may have escaped its enclosure.

Animal Control Officers are currently canvassing the area trying to locate the snake. The snake is described as being approximately 10 feet in length with numerous dark-colored areas and brown blotches bordered in black down its back.

Although pythons are typically afraid of people and will generally avoid them, special care is still required when handling them.

Residents are cautioned not to approach the snake if they see it, to remain a safe distance from the snake and to immediately call Animal Control at 757-890-3621. That number is active day and night.

Residents are warned not to attempt to follow, attract, pick up, handle, feed and/or antagonize the snake.

If you have questions or believe you have seen the snake, please call Animal Control at 757-890-3621. For press inquiries, please call Capt. Paul Long at 897-1869.