Monumental reticulated python present in Lancaster County, with a full abdomen

An extremely large reticulated python was found in Lancaster County on Friday, and now a local reptile sanctuary is considering what to do with the snake.

The python was recorded by the Reptile Sanctuary for Forgotten Friends in Elm, Pennsylvania, about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The sanctuary’s owners said in a Facebook post that they don’t know exactly what the snake ate while hanging out in Lancaster County, but it appears to be well fed.

Now the sanctuary is taking all appropriate steps that … well, what exactly are the appropriate next steps if you find a gigantic alien snake in your neighborhood?

From the sanctuary:

“We’ve reached out to both of the exotic vets we work with, Dauphin County’s Animal Hospital and New Holland Veterinary Hospital, and we’re waiting to see if their X-ray availability matches our busy schedule. We’re curious, too, more to learn But our number one priority is her health and well-being, as well as the health of the other 100 reptiles we care for. At the moment she is warming up in a safe enclosure after being rescued from the cold, wind and rain. “There is none urgent reason to drop what we’re doing for an emergency x-ray, but we may be able to schedule one in the next few days if it doesn’t come back first. I want to avoid her belching whenever possible, and too much traveling, poking, and inspecting can cause a large snake to lose its meal. And that would just be a waste of a good groundhog, raccoon, taco party box or whatever is in it. If we are planning an educational x-ray, your tax-deductible contributions for these expenses will be greatly appreciated, but our decision is based on your health and schedule, not money. Thank you for any concerns. ”

According to Reptiles Magazine, the reticulated python is the longest snake in the world. It’s not exactly from Pennsylvania, however: the snakes are common in Southeast and South Asia, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and Borneo.

We hope that the sanctuary will find the home of these pythons and that no more cats (or raccoons or whatever) will be eaten.

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