A python that went missing in Victoria in July is once again on the loose – this time in Saanich.
On Wednesday, Aug. 19, the Saanich Police Department received a report about yet another missing snake. The 4.5-foot ball python had been in a backpack and escaped while its owner, who is currently homeless, was asleep outdoors in the 800-block of Snowdrop Avenue.
This is the python’s second time on the lam this in recent weeks. On July 2, Victoria Police Department received a report the snake has gone missing in the 200-block of Bay Street. On Aug 12, more than a month later, it was spotted hiding under a vehicle in the 1900-block of Richardson Street – more than six kilometres from where it went missing.
“As the ball python normally habitats in grasslands and shrublands, it is possible the snake has made its way to such an area in Saanich,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Horsley in a written statement. However, he noted the non-venomous critter could have remained in the Marigold neighbourhood as ball pythons aren’t very active.
Police are asking residents to be cautious as there is some risk to small pets and to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321 if they spot the snake.
Officers will also be investigating how the snake is being kept to ensure “appropriate measures of care are being undertaken by the owner,” Horsely said, adding that the owner is unhoused and there’s a possibility the snake is not being kept in ideal conditions. He suggested the python may keep taking off to search for a warm place to rest – especially with the recent weather cooling.