A 5.4-metre (18-foot) reticulated python that weighed approximately 150 pounds was seized by Nova Scotia Natural Resources Department officers from a Yarmouth County home on Monday.
A reticulated python, similar to this one, was seized from a Yarmouth County home on Monday.
Bob Petrie, the department’s director of wildlife, would not specify the exact location of the seizure, nor say how the department learned about the snake. Those details are part of the investigation.
He added that the department is not focusing specifically on the seizure of pythons, only prohibited animals.
“Some snakes are perfectly legal to own. Others are prohibited as personal pets,” he said.
The officers involved in the seizure are experienced in handling different types of wildlife and worked with the owner to ensure removal of the snake was handled safely.
The python is being kept in a facility that meets with the department’s requirements until a decision has been made on its fate.
Last week 46 pythons seized from a Mission, British Columbia, home were euthanized before removal.
On Aug. 15, 40 pythons were discovered in five plastic storage bins in a Brantford, Ont. motel. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals assisted police in the removal of the snakes.
Earlier this month an African rock python escaped its enclosure and asphyxiated two young boys in a Campbellton, New Brunswick, apartment.
For more information on which wildlife species are allowed to be imported and/or kept as pets, visit this website.