5:14 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
Remember that python that went missing in Roanoke two months ago? Well, it's back home.
Owner Nick Shreffler said the eight foot snake named Bonnie is back in his possession as of Saturday night.
The python went missing in early September. The owner's brother and his friend found the snake not far from its cage. She was inside an old car in owner's backyard.
Shreffler says the python looks very healthy considering how long it has been gone. He guesses the snake stayed alive eating squirrel.
People who live in one Roanoke neighborhood are on their toes after an 8-foot python escaped from a house.
The snake's owner says his pet is harmless.
But we spoke with one of the leaders of the community watch program on Thursday who says the neighborhood is on edge.
"Mad at the Animal Control for not letting them know that the snake was on the loose for half a week, and some of them have weapons and said if they see it, who knows what will happen?" Willie Reese, the community watch captain said.
A Roanoke City Police spokesperson told us Animal Control has increased their presence in the area.
The snake's owner says he's been searching for his pregnant python all week, but with no luck.
If you see the snake, call police.
There's an eight foot python on the loose in Roanoke. A man says the snake escaped from its cage last weekend.
Nick Shreffler posted its disappearance on Craig's List and contacted both neighbors and animal control. He wants his snake back.
"People like cats and dogs, I like my snakes," says Shreffler.
Shreffler says the 8 foot female Iranian python got out of its cage early Saturday morning. He found the cage's top pushed open. He believes the snake then escaped through a small gap under the door.
He keeps his snakes in a small building behind his house. Shreffler has 16 snakes and hopes to become a snake breeder.
He says snake experts told him the missing python should be within a three mile radius from his home on Hearthstone Road near the Roanoke Airport.
"All the people out there that may be scared don't worry just imagine it as a cat slithering through your grass," says Shreffler.
Shreffler says the missing python will be getting hungry in the next couple days but people shouldn't worry.
"She's not gonna go hunt down an animal and kill it," says Shreffler.
Neither animal control nor police have issued any public warnings about the missing snake.
Shreffler hopes to find the missing python soon and return the snake to its mate who he says is depressed over her disappearance.
The state of Virginia has nothing on the books regarding lost reptiles.
Owners of dogs and cats can get in trouble especially if their pet bites someone while on the loose. But Shreffler says if his missing python bites another animal he won't face any consequences because that's considered natural behavior for reptiles.
Although he insists his snake is docile and doesn't bite.
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