An Omaha resident found a slithering surprise in his yard: a 5-foot-long ball python.
Omaha police and the Nebraska Humane Society responded to the call, at a home near 71st and Pratt Streets, on Wednesday.
Ball pythons, which aren’t venomous, are a popular pet in the Omaha area, said Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Nebraska Humane Society.
“They’re no danger to the public at all, but it’s not something you would ordinarily find in your yard,” Langan said. Still, he added, don’t handle a strange snake. Call professionals instead.
Langan said officials respond to a fair amount of snake calls. Sometimes the slithering reptiles escape from their homes, but other times they’re dumped because they aren’t wanted anymore, he said.
The responding officers to Wednesday’s call made the most of the situation and snagged photos while holding the snake.
The snake appears well cared for and is being held at the Humane Society.
Some calls turn into a photo opp more than police work. Found in a yard near 71st & Pratt. Resident found it while getting ready to mow his yard. Thanks @NEHumaneSociety for the quick response. They say it looks healthy ????????♂️ #OPD pic.twitter.com/o95H1bZofS
— Ofc. Jacob Bettin (@OPDOfcBettin) June 5, 2019