ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- A teacher's pet python slithered away and is on the loose inside Issaquah High School. The 2 1/2 foot long ball python managed to push the top off a glass tank and escape Tuesday night, a school official said.

There really hasn't been a precedent for us on how to act when a snake is on the loose, assistant principal Derek Heinz said.

The python named Hamilton was in a tank inside a biology class. School officials believe the snake could still be somewhere inside the classroom.

Students and teachers started looking for the snake when they realized it was missing Wednesday morning. Animal control was also called to the school to assist in the search.

Assuming we do find Hamilton safe and sound I don't know that we'll be bringing him back, Heinz said.

Heinz said it is a non-venomous snake and does not pose a threat to students.

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