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Ball Python Saved From St. Louis Housefire

A St. Louis Fire Department firefighter saved a ball python from a house fire.

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A ball python was saved from a house fire in St. Louis, MO, today, but the house received signification damage. Nobody was injured in the blaze.

“Snakes are obviously resilient reptiles! This ball python was #rescued from the basement #fire & seems to be doing fine,” the St. Louis Fire Department wrote on Twitter. “In spite of the fire’s devastation, seeing the family pet alive put a smile on the homeowners face.”


According to the fire department, the fire started in the basement of the home. Nobody was in the home when the fire broke out. Hopefully the owner will take the reptile to the veterinarian for a checkup.

Firefighters are known to save people and pets when they are called to fight house fires, and snakes are no exception. A firefighter in Michigan saved a 7-foot boa constrictor from a two story house fire in Muskegon, Mich. back in 2014, and in 2016, the Scottsdale, Ariz. Fire Department was called out to capture three large constricting snakes, two which were apparently released by their owner. The third snake was claimed by its owner. So, it must be good that firefighters aren’t afraid of snakes as pets, because they do seem to rescue them more often than is publicized.

Hats off to the St. Louis firefighter who rescued the reptile that would most likely would have perished if not for his efforts.