Firefighters called to help in search for missing python in North Kentville

Kirk Starratt
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Kentville Firefighters

Kentville Fire Chief Ryan MacEachern said his department responded to two public assistance calls involving a missing two-foot python on Aug. 2.

Firefighters were first called around 2:15 p.m. to assist the landlord of an apartment building in North Kentville and the Kings RCMP in locating the snake, which had been reported missing that day to police. They couldn’t find it.

Const. Blair McMurtery said Wednesday that experts were being consulted on the best approach to locating the python.

The second call, at around 6:15 p.m., was to help Animal Control look for the python. However, the second search was also unsuccessful.

He said they used water to rinse underneath a garbage hut, hoping the snake would emerge from the dark hiding place, but had no luck.

Firefighters also used a thermal imaging camera to try to locate the python but this was a challenge, considering that the snake is cold blooded.

MacEachern said they were essentially looking for the reverse of what they’d usually look for, hoping the snake found a warm place where it would stand out against the background.

“We haven’t had any luck at this point,” MacEachern said.

The snake remains on the lam.


Geographic location: North Kentville

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Recent comments

  • Rebecca
    August 08, 2014 - 10:27

    Exotic Pets, mostly snakes, have been in our local news a lot lately, so obviously if you think that these pets are not an issue you are sadly mistaken. I don't know why someone would want to own a stupid snake any ways, but the fact that they are always getting lose and sometimes injuring or even killing people is horrible. Shouldn't be allowed to even own these types of animals for pets. Leave them in the wild where they belong.

  • R. Swicker
    August 07, 2014 - 19:48

    Will the owners of this snake be sent a bill for the cost of our emergency resources looking for their stupid snake? I suppose I wouldn't expect anyone that keeps a snake in their home to be bright enough to at least keep it contained.

  • Sher Misner
    August 07, 2014 - 19:13

    I live in North Kentville and am quite fearful of snakes especially larger ones. Where in North Kentville was it lost from? I would sleep better knowing that.

  • Ray MacLeod
    August 07, 2014 - 18:05

    Why is this a story? This snake is only two feet long. If it is, as I suspect but no-one has stated, a ball python, it is non-venomous and very shy, curling into a defensive ball when alarmed. My eight years old granddaughter has one larger than this and it causes no handling problems. If any knowledgeable person states this creature is a danger, please say so. If not, please stop playing to the antique public fear of snakes which leads every summer to thousands of harmless wriggly things being slaughtered. I can remember my grandmother keeping a .22 rifle near her farm door because all soaring birds were "chicken hawks" that must be shot, and a sharpened shovel handy for protection from Biblically-evil snakes. I had hoped those days were over in Kings County. Perhaps I was wrong.

  • Marilyn Thorpe Pettinga
    August 07, 2014 - 16:46

    For once, I'm glad I'm not home in NS visiting family and friends in Kentville! Of course, if I were there you'd be able to find the snake by my screams ... because it'll be a sure thing that I'd find the blasted snake!!! LOL