Photos show that a massive white and yellow snake seen slithering around Texas for months has finally been put down.
If Austin Animal Center On Monday, Dec. 19, after residents called with a description of a huge pink-eyed snake they caught and kept in their garage, wildlife officials felt the details were a bit exaggerated, according to the center’s Facebook post.
“We understand! Spotting a rope in the wild can be scary,” the report says. “But when Officer Moorman arrived at the residence, he was indeed greeted by an unfortunate 16-foot-long albino reticulated python.”
The colorful snake was spotted in the Coronado Hills in July, and recent cold temperatures have made the snake sluggish and easy to catch, the center said.
But where did it come from? The mountainous terrain of Texas is not an ideal environment for a jungle-loving snake.
A summer post on social media had an answer.
The snake’s owner was visiting from out of town when someone broke into his car, he wrote in a Nextdoor post, asking for help finding their “gentle giant” nicknamed “Snow.”
The thief stole the bag from the car, likely unaware that it contained a surprise for the reptiles, the report said.
“Ah, to see the thief’s face when they opened it,” said the center.
Wildlife officials spoke with the owner and he drove back to Austin to retrieve his long-lost companion.
“This story has a very happy ending,” the center said. “Snow has been reunited with her master, and Coronado Hills no longer needs to search for the giant python.