Seaford: Royal Python retrieved from engine compartment of vehicle

This snake, identified as a Royal Python, was found inside the engine compartment of vehicle in Seaford late Saturday night.

SEAFORD – City of Seaford police late Saturday were called upon for reptile duty.

Shortly before midnight June 9, officers were dispatched to a gas station in the 22000 block of Sussex Highway for a report of a snake inside of a vehicle.

A snake wrangler holds this Royal Python snake retrieved from the engine area of a vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers found a Royal Python in the engine compartment area, according to Seaford Police Department spokesman Senior Cpl. Eric Chambers.

An amateur snake wrangling officer retrieved the snake from the engine compartment and turned it over to a wildlife rehabilitator, who has plans of eventually provide the snake to a zoo, Cpl. Chambers said.

City police believe the snake is a pet that may have gotten loose and taken shelter in the engine compartment for warmth.

About Royal/Ball Pythons

According to several sources, including www.snaketype.com, the Royal Python, also known as the Ball Python, is the smallest of all pythons found in Africa. It is popular in the pet trade.

The typical size of this species is about 41/2 feet long. Some can be a foot or two longer, however, they are the exception.

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