The Lincoln County Humane Society was in for a slithering surprise when Niagara police called them in for backup on a call Wednesday night.
Officers were called to an industrial area of Thorold where a large snake was found loose on the lawn of a business.
The 14-foot reticulated python weighing about 80 pounds was contained with the assistance of local reptile experts and is estimated to be about 10 to 15 years old.
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As per Thorold bylaws, the snake is expressly prohibited and was not registered with the municipality.
“This particular snake is capable of harming someone with its bite, if it were cornered,” said Kevin Strooband, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Humane Society.
An investigation is underway to locate the owner.
The Humane Society will keep the snake for a short time while the matter is investigated and will look for a potential new home for the roving reptile.