Nova Scotia

Python found on Halifax lawn returned to owner

A one-metre long ball python in the Halifax area has been reunited with its owner.

Snake's owner thanked woman who found the snake and called authorities

This four-foot ball python, likely an escaped pet, was found on a Halifax area woman's lawn. (CBC)

A one-metre long ball python in the Halifax area has been reunited with its owner.

The owner contacted HRM animal services just before 6 p.m. Wednesday night and soon after took the snake home.

He lives in the same subdivision where the snake was found Tuesday night by a surprised Helen Galgay who was out walking her dog.

Galgay said the owner of the snake came to her door last night to thank her for finding it. He told her the snake is harmless and was missing for three weeks.

It’s unclear whether  the snake’s owner reported the snake missing but neither animal services nor Halifax Regional Police received reports of a missing snake.

Those who know snakes say the ball python is docile and preferred as a pet but that doesn't appease Belinda MacGibbon, who lives in the neighbourhood where the python was found. She said she is worried about her daughter and small dog.

"What if she's walking the dog someday and she comes across this? Things like this goes through a mother's head, like it could wrap around her leg — you just don't know what could happen," she said.

Ball pythons are legal to own in Nova Scotia but MacGibbon said they are wild animals that kill by squeezing their prey and there should be bylaws prohibiting their ownership.

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