Stray python surprises Papillion resident after slithering into apartment

Stray python surprises Papillion resident after slithering into apartment
This ball python found its way into a Papillion apartment over the weekend and was taken away by the Nebraska Humane Society. (Nebraska Human Society)

A person in Papillion got a slithery surprise this weekend.

The Nebraska Humane Society was called to an apartment building in Papillion about 4 a.m. Saturday to take away a ball python that had found its way into an apartment, said Mark Langan, the agency’s vice president of field operations.

Langan said the snake most likely belongs to someone else in the building and may have slithered through vents into the apartment of the caller, he said.

The python is 3 to 4 feet long and is being kept at the Humane Society. If the owner doesn’t come in to claim the snake, he said, it would be put up for adoption.

He said ball pythons are legal in Sarpy County and Omaha, and are popular pets. The owner would not face any citations from the Humane Society, he said.

Ball pythons get their name for their habit of curling into a tight ball, according to petco.com.

Their diets include “frozen rodents, thawed/warmed to above room temperature,” according to the website.

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