Python Found Near Lake Griffy Taken Into Custody by Animal Control Wednesday

Courtesy photo by City of Bloomington Animal Shelter

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — May 8, 2024

A ball python discovered Wednesday afternoon near Lake Griffy has been caught and taken into custody by Monroe County Animal Control.

The snake was spotted by a member of the public, prompting a response from authorities. The Bloomingtonian reached out to Monroe County Animal Control after hearing radio dispatches regarding the incident. In response to inquiries, authorities provided details on the snake’s condition and future.

“Looks like a fairly young python that was found by a member of the public at Lake Griffy,” said a representative from Monroe County Animal Control. “It will be held on a stray hold for five days and will likely be available for adoption after that.”

The discovery of the python near the scenic lake raised questions about its origin and how it came to be in the area.

Ball pythons, native to West Africa, are commonly kept as pets due to their docile nature and manageable size. However, incidents of escaped or abandoned pythons are not unheard of, leading to encounters like the one near Lake Griffy.

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