Missing python found after escaping from zoo

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Monday, July 11, 2016
A stock image of a snake
A stock image of a snake

ATLANTA, GA -- An official says a large python has been found after leaving its private cage at the Atlanta Zoo.

Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Rachel Davis tells local news media that the nearly 6-foot long, non-venomous Timor python was located Sunday morning. The snake had escaped Saturday from the zoo's Conservation Breeding Center.

Davis says the snake is a semi-arboreal species native to southeast Asia and described as non-aggressive and shy. The snake is about 1-2 inches in diameter and weighs more than 6 pounds. It has a yellow and dark-brown patterned skin.

Davis said the snake was unlikely to eat anything heavier than 2 pounds. Such pythons typically feed on birds and small mammals and pose no hazard to humans or domestic pets.