We had a rather interesting day early last week, and it was one of those puzzling, odd stories I knew I wanted to share with you.
I had gotten up that morning, and was on my laptop, checking Facebook (duh). Our neighborhood has a private Facebook group, so I happened to check it, and the first post I read was someone saying that everyone needed to be careful, and that there was a fairly large snake in a driveway…and then they gave the house and street number….which happened to be my next door neighbors.
Naturally, I flipped out because I hate snakes, and when I saw the post had just gone up a few minutes before, I yelled for Bobby to run next door and go see if the snake was still there. He walked next door, and was gone for a few minutes. I thought for sure that meant he didn’t find it and was looking for it. Great.
He finally comes back, holding a big black trash bag which he then puts in our trash can. Oooookkkkk….He came in the house and told me that he found the snake, that it was still in the neighbor’s driveway, and was already dead. The neighbor came out with a trash bag and Bobby put it in and took it away because my poor neighbor, she was not thrilled with the idea of having to get rid of said snake on her own.
This is where it gets interesting: Living in Mississippi kind of out in the woods, we have seen many different kinds of snakes. I asked Bobby what kind it was and he said he was stumped and really wasn’t sure, but that it was really thick and probably over three and a half feet long. Huh. Ok. I didn’t think too much about it at that point, except that it grossed me out that he was in my trash can in the garage.
I went back on the Facebook page to tell everyone not to worry, that Bobby had taken care of it, and my neighbor had posted a picture of the snake that she had taken earlier. It was HUGE, way thicker than any wild snake I had ever seen. About that time, one of our other neighbors posted on the page that he is very familiar with snakes and that this one was NOT any old snake, he believed it was a python…..like a pet.
He did some research and told us he was 99% sure it was a Burmese python. These babies grow up to seven feet in their first year and can get up to eighteen feet long! He also learned there is up to a $500,000 fine for releasing one, and up to seven years in jail. So, what we are guessing is that someone bought a pet snake, it outgrew it’s cage, and they let it go.
THERE WAS A PYTHON NEXT DOOR PEOPLE! It could have been in my yard, where my tiny poodle runs around, and where my tiny human plays. Ugh! Gross. This said neighbor wanted to measure the snake and such, so that afternoon he came and got him out of my trash can. Turns out he was FOUR FEET long, so probably still a baby. Clearly something happened it, as there was a small trail of blood in the driveway, but my neighbor said his head was not rolled over.
The next day, another neighbor said he was talking to the newspaper delivery guy that comes through before 5 am, and the delivery guy said he ran over a snake on my street the other day but was too scared to get out in the dark and go look for it. Mystery solved! So a python was slithering across the street, and the only car going down the street before 5:00 in the morning happened to come at just the right time and injured the snake. He was able to make it over to the sidewalk where he died.
I told Bobby never did I think I would say the phrase “sure, you can have the dead four foot python out of my trash can” to a neighbor. Let’s hope this irresponsible owner only had one pet snake!
QOTD: any bizarre snake or animal stories to share?