Hunt for 9ft python on loose after Cambridge house escape

Asiatic reticulated python Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Reticulated pythons are the longest snakes in the world - typically growing between 10 and 20 feet

A 9ft (2.7m) python has escaped from its owner's home.

Cambridgeshire Police is searching for the snake after receiving reports in the early hours it was on the loose in Lovell Road, Cambridge.

The force tweeted that it had traced its owner, who confirmed the reticulated python was missing.

Anyone who sees the reptile, which is not venomous but wraps around its prey and suffocates them, is urged to call 101.

In May, officers found a 4ft 9ins (1.5m) corn snake in Arbury Road in Cambridge.

It was nicknamed Dave and taken to a wildlife centre in Stretham.

Reticulated pythons

  • They originate from Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Thailand
  • They are excellent swimmers and like forest locations near streams and lakes
  • The largest recorded reticulated python grew to 31.5ft (9.6m). They typically grow between 10 and 20 feet

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica

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