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Urgent warning to residents as six-foot python escapes suburban home, threatening small children and pets
- Residents in Melbourne suburb of Hughesdale warned after python escape
- Two-meter hose let out to get sun in a backyard, but slipped undetected
- The python has been described as ‘peaceful’ but poses a threat to children and pets
- People have been advised to call the municipality or rangers if they see the snake
Residents in the suburbs of Melbourne are looking for an escaped python that managed to slip away while its owner was distracted.
Although the six-foot snake is described as “peaceful,” the creature poses a significant threat to small children and pets – with pythons known to swallow cats and dogs whole after strangling them.
The snake, named Charlie, was released from its cage at noon on Sunday afternoon to allow the cold-blooded reptile to get some sun in the backyard of a house in Hughesdale, south-east Melbourne.
Charlie, a six-foot python, has escaped from his owner’s garden in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs
However, his owner Izzy Elhan was doing some yard work and didn’t notice the snake giving him the slip.
“While I’m gardening, I keep an eye on it — top to bottom — no problems,” he told 9News.
“Then all of a sudden I passed and he was gone.”
Since then, Mr Elhan has searched along Simmonds St where he lives.
“I’m doing my best to find him,” Mr. Elhan said.
“I watched all day yesterday, but there’s no sign.
“I called all the snake catchers in the area.”
While Mr Elhan said Charlie is normally “calm” and “shy,” he acknowledged that the creature could suffocate a pet or small child.
Charlie’s Owner Izzy Elhan Said He Was Watching The Snake While He Was Gardening But It Slipped While Being Distracted
Anyone who sees Charlie is advised not to approach the snake, but to call the municipality or the park rangers
Neighbors expressed their horror after discovering the creature roaming free.
“I’m actually very concerned about the snake species that is just running out of the cage or the house,” said a mother with a young child.
“I’m really worried about that.”
Charlie, who has raised Mr. Elhan since the snake was a chick nine years ago, has gone astray before.
Last winter, the snake was missing for three weeks, but returned home.
Anyone who encounters Charlie is advised not to approach the snake, as it may “bite” at them.
They should instead call the council or the local park rangers.