September 1, 2014
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A 23-foot, 130-pound python can
run but it can't hide.
The orange reticulated python, the world's longest snake
species, and a second python escaped from a terrarium inside their
owner's home in San Luis Obispo on Sunday night.
Police quickly warned residents that the snakes, though
domesticated, were large enough to make meals of young children or
But both were captured in the neighborhood by Monday afternoon.
The smaller python, a 12-footer, was spotted under the owner's
The 23-footer was found basking in the sun in a backyard several
No injuries were reported. Police says the snakes' owner will
not be cited.
Says police Sgt. Kurt Hixenbaugh: "There is no leash law for
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