Snake in a park! Python on the loose in Ravenna

Snake in a park! Python on the loose in Ravenna

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Snake in a park! Python on the loose in Ravenna

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 6:54 PM

Seattle police were searching for a six- to seven-foot python reportedly on the loose in the Ravenna neighborhood.

The python's owner reported his snake missing around 2 p.m. Monday, telling officers  his albino Burmese Python named "Timid" escaped into a wooded area near NE 61st Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

Officers were searching the neighborhood and Cowen/Ravenna Park for the snake. Small pet owners were advised to keep their pets on trails and away from drainage ditches, thick folliage and hollow logs.

Peter Miller, a reptile keeper at Woodland Park Zoo, told police the snake is around 15-20 pounds and is a bright yellow "designer" snake, which makes it easier to see. He also said the python "has the potential" to be dangerous.

”These guys are ambush predators,” Miller said. “They find a well protected covered area and they sit and they wait.”

“If this animal has lived in captivity its whole life, it may not know how to hunt,” said Miller. “They are more afraid of us than we are of them.”

While Seattle's current warm weather is "perfect" for the python, Miller said it doesn't do well in wintertime temperatures.

If you spot the snake, you're advised to call 911 or animal control at 206-386-7387.

 

KING 5''s Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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