Python escapes Redding fire: ‘She’s a picky eater’.
Eres, the 14-foot python, has been found safe.
The snake’s owner, Sandra Dodge-Streich, said the python was discovered coiled up in a milk crate just after 9 a.m. Monday.
A neighbor found it in his backyard after searchers couldn’t locate it elsewhere in the neighborhood.
“It’s quite a relief,” Dodge-Streich said. “She’s doing well,” she said of the reptile.
Dodge-Streich, owner of Redding Reptiles, said the Lake Boulevard store had to be evacuated Thursday night when the fire moved into Redding and the reptiles ended up at a home in south Redding. The snake got out of a plastic bin.
Eres is a lavender albino reticulated python about 3 inches in diameter. Dodge-Streich said Eres is a gentle snake and wouldn’t hurt anyone, although it has an appetite for chickens.
Add a 14-foot python to all the disruptions being caused by the Carr Fire in Redding.
Sandra Dodge-Streich said about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. Saturday her 14-foot python got loose from a plastic bin being kept at a home off El Verano Street in south Redding.
Dodge-Streich owns Redding Reptiles, which was evacuated from its store on Lake Boulevard Thursday night, when the fire got to Redding. The store moved its snakes, geckos, bearded dragons, tortoises to Tortoise Acres in south Redding, but then they had to evacuate from there with their 130 reptiles, she said.
Since the Carr Fire broke out, they’ve moved four times.
They were keeping Eres the python in a 2-foot-by-4-foot plastic tub, but she got out. Dodge-Streich said the snake probably won’t go far.
Dodge-Streich said they scouted the area but had no luck, so they took to social media to let people know their beloved pet python was on the loose and may be hanging out in their yards.
Eres is a lavender albino reticulated python and about three inches in girth. Reticulated pythons are strong, Dodge-Streich said, and can scale fences.
But in Eres’ case, she might be looking for a place that’s dark, cool and damp, like a pool, or crevice under a deck. She might even be under a tarp.
“She’s beautiful. She’s not harmful,” Dodge-Streich said. “She’s not a big snake, she’s a long snake.”
All of the nearby homeowners have been alerted to the snake on the loose, and Dodge-Streich went on Facebook to ask people to call her if they see a python with a bright yellow head and white markings on its body.
“I think she might still be in the area. People with small pets should keep them indoors,” Dodge-Streich said.
She added small cats and dogs that get too close might be in a bit of danger, but Eres really only has an appetite for chickens.
Susan Walker, who lives near where the snake went missing, said she saw the seriousness of the situation and the humor.
Walker said her mother-in-law was quite alarmed when she heard about the python and made sure her Chihuahua-mix dog was safely in the house.
“It’s actually quite comical, because she has a perfect snack-sized dog,” Walker said.
She doesn’t think the snake will cross the road to their house, and instead will hunker down in a cool place to escape the heat.
Marilyn Walker, Susan Walker’s mother-in-law, said she didn’t believe the story of the loose snake at first, thinking it was fake news. But she has since learned it isn’t a hoax.
“I don’t want to see anything happen to the snake, but on the other hand I don’t want to come face-to-face with it,” Marilyn Walker said.
Susan Walker said she called her husband and told him about the snake. He suggested she catch it and put it under the house so it could catch rats and mice.
But Walker wasn’t having anything to do with that.