August 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM
Snakes alive! Python loose in Seattle park
Seattle police say a six- to seven-foot albino Burmese python is on the loose in Cowen Park.
Don Jordan, director of Seattle Animal Control, said that a transient living in the park told authorities that he “lost” his pet python in a wooded area near Northeast 61st Street and Brooklyn Avenue.
The reptile is not poisonous, Jordan said.
“Is it a threat to some cats or small dogs? Possibly,” Jordan said. “They’re heat-seeking animals. It will come out from where it’s hiding and it will find some element of heat once it’s ready.”
Times news partner KING-TV says the snake’s name is “Timid.”
Peter Miller, reptile keeper at Woodland Park Zoo, advises residents and their small pets keep to the trails, and stay away from drainage ditches, thick foliage and hollow logs, according to the Seattle Police Department’s blog. Miller estimates the snake is around 15 to 20 pounds.
”These guys are ambush predators,” Miller said of the snake. “They find a well protected covered area and they sit and they wait.”
However, Miller notes the snake’s a bright yellow color will make it easy to spot.
“If this animal has lived in captivity its whole life, it may not know how to hunt,” he tells Seattle police.
Anyone who spots the wayward reptile should call Animal Control at 206-386-7387, or 911.
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