Update: the Python was located, recovered and is back with its owner.
On 09/15/2019 at 10:09pm Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement, ACE, received a call that a 13-foot-long Platinum Reticulated Python was lost in the 300 Block of Killian Road Stanley, NC 28034. The owners were visiting friends when they discovered the snake had escaped from its container.
An Animal Care and Enforcement Specialist, the reptile owner and friends searched the area last night and into the morning hours for the missing reptile. The owner is currently working with friends and family to locate the missing reptile.
Animal Care and Enforcement and North Carolina Wildlife remind persons to leave snakes alone and give them plenty of space. A snake is more likely to seek escape when confronted, rather than attack. However, if disturbed or put in a situation without an escape route, they will bite or lunge outward to defend themselves. In general, if left alone, snakes pose no threat to humans or pets.
If you see, come in contact with or have knowledge of the pictured missing Platinum Reticulated Python call 704-866-3300, Gaston County Communications.