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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- A Richmond police lieutenant rescued a python from Chimborazo Park Sunday.

Lieutenant Daniel Minton said he found the snake in the back of the park, packed it up in his car and took it home.

At last check, the snake was in his kitchen.

The python was not quite the Mother’s Day present his wife was expecting, so Minton said he will likely have to give the reptile away.

"That's the head in the middle of the photo," Minton tweeted to Joe St. George. "The snake and I are looking for a new home. #MothersDay"

A man posted on the Church Hill People's News website Saturday morning that he saw the snake while he was walking his dog in the park.

"Walking dog this morning in Chimborazo Park. Saw snake exactly like this one. It is a ball python. about 4 1/2 feet long; no collar; not friendly. Near gazebo & “hospital rock”. NO I did not bring it home...," the man wrote on the website.


  • Gerry

    Ok reproter, you failed to write a good story. Why not mention that the species has been invading Florida where there is a bounty on them? Is this a new invasion or someone’s pet got loose? With global climate change, are we in danger of more showing up?

  • Ta

    ummm…im pretty sure its someone’s pet snake they let loose considering he’s chilling in someone’s hand in a little ball…im pretty sure he didnt travel from Florida to Richmond, VA. But hey…what do i know?

  • Ryan

    Gerry, this species has NOT been invading Florida whatsoever, or anywhere for that matter. There is quite a difference between the Burmese python, who’s threat has been well overstated anyway, and the 30+ other species of pythons. In this case, this is a ball python, a dwarven African python which has been domesticated for several years and poses literally no threats to human life. This is not a species of concern and it would be disservice for a media source to report it as some sort of monster or killer, especially a harmless species like this.

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