Python found loose in Hamilton's east-end

This is the second ball python found loose in Hamilton in the past week and a half. It is legal to own this type of snake in Hamilton.
It is legal to own a ball python in Hamilton. (Hamilton Animal Control)

Another python was found on Hamilton streets Thursday night.

A resident in the Mount Albion and Lawrence Avenue area saw a snake in set of bushes around 9:25 p.m., said Debbie Spence, a city spokesperson for public works. Animal control officers recovered a four-foot ball python.

Spence said it is a legal animal in Hamilton. The snake is currently at the city's animal control shelter, she said. It is not known who owns the snake. This type of python is fairly common and is normally docile.

This is the second four-foot ball python found in the past week and a half. A snake was found Aug. 7 in the Hess Village area.

"It is unusual," Spence said.

Unlike dog owners, there is no registry for reptiles and small animals in Hamilton, she said.

"Until an owner comes in, we have no way of tracking where they came from."

The Brant County SPCA said 40 pythons were found in plastic storage bins at a Brantford motel Thursday night.

A release from the SPCA said they snakes were not well cared for and were in distress, but expected to be ok.

Owning a python in Brantford is illegal.