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A ball python was spotted in a Metro Vancouver park this week

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In a crazy twist of events, a ball python was found in Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey on Wednesday. The snake, which is native to Africa, was likely a pet released into the wild. Which, by the way, is a bad move. But more on that in a second.

Apparently, the man was just out and about on a walk when he saw the reportedly 2-foot long snake. He simply called animal control, which came and collected the snake on Thursday morning. Pretty easy fix, and good to know if it ever happens to us.

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And according to a CBC article, it’s getting more and more likely that that actually happens. Metro Vancouver animal control services have been dealing with increased calls of ball pythons in the wild, including Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake. We have a sneaking suspicion that some people who buy snakes don’t really understand what they’re signing up for.

So, we’ve got two takeaways from this one. First, if you see a snake, call animal control. Second, if you have a snake, don’t just drop it off in the wild and think that that’s a good idea.

Enjoy your Friday, folks!

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