Ball pythons are currently the most popular snake among reptile keepers due in large part to their generally calm demeanor.
Over the past 10 days, the Amherst Police Department have found two seemingly very healthy ball pythons (Python regius) outside a carwash in the city. The first snake, a piebald, was found August 14 and was sent to the SPCA Serving Erie County in good health. The second, a pastel clown ball python was found at the same location a few days later and then sent to the SPCA Serving Erie County.
“This slithery superstar was admitted after a wild adventure at a local gas station, where the Ball python was found coiled in some hoses last night! After spending the night with Amherst Animal Control, the snake was admitted to the SPCA this morning and began to get the VIP treatment!,” The SPCA Service Erie County, NY wrote on Facebook describing the first snake’s visit to the SPCA. “With her expert touch, SPCA Veterinary Assistant Chelsea was giving the python the most luxurious soak. Not only is this like a spa day for our slithery friend, but it’s also a game-changer for the snake’s health. Chelsea was gently soaking the snake in warm water, which not only helped the snake uncoil for a thorough check-up, but it will also helped to rehydrate the snake and raise its temperature. So there you have it – a snake spa adventure like no other at the SPCA!”
While both snakes seem to look healthy, the question remains as to how they were found outside. They are receiving expert care until and if the owner comes forward to claim them. If the owner doesn’t claim the reptiles, the SPCA will likely put the snakes up for adoption.
Anyone who may know the owner or owners of the snakes can contact anonymously the SPCA Serving Erie County Animal Cruelty Investigations Department at (716) 875-7360, ext. 214.
Ball Python Information
Ball pythons are currently the most popular snake among reptile keepers due in large part to their generally calm demeanor. There are tens of thousands of ball pythons available and these morphs are generally considered to be more valuable than a normal colored ball python. They range in price from $40 for a normal colored ball to hundreds and even thousands for more rare morphs. Hopefully these two snakes find a good home with a keeper(s) who is competent in keeping them.