REDDING, Calif. – Residents of a Northern California neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief now that a 14-foot python that went missing after a pet store was evacuated during a wildfire has been found safe.
Sandra Dodge-Streich, owner of Redding Reptiles, said the snake was placed in a plastic bin and brought to a home after flames moved closer last week. She said the lavender albino reticulated python named Eres slithered out of the bin Saturday.
During a search of the neighborhood in South Redding, residents were urged to keep their small pets indoors – though Dodge-Streich said the snake really only has an appetite for chickens.
She told the Record Searchlight newspaper that Eres was discovered Monday coiled up in a milk crate.
She said the snake is doing well.
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